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Could new technology solve climate change?
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Could new technology solve climate change?

Elizabeth Robinson and Esin Serin consider how far we should be relying on technological fixes in the mission to reach net zero. It is already clear that significant progress on mitigating climate change can be achieved through a move to zero-carbon energy, reducing deforestation and adjusting how we grow food and what we eat. Renewable energy is increasingly becoming cheaper to produce than fossil fuels – one recent Oxford University study suggests that replacing fossil fuels with clean energy could bring global savings of up to $12 trillion by 2050. And the International Energy Agency has found that there is now more employment in ‘clean energy’ – including renewables, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and nuclear power – than in the fossil fuel industry, so the economic argument a...