30 Nov '15, 12pm

How fast can the world transition to a low-carbon energy system?

How fast can the world transition to a low-carbon energy system?

The history of infrastructure suggests that 'take-off' in renewable electricity production has already begun and will move very quickly now, especially when and where governments support that goal. Starting today, the world's nations convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require 'decarbonizing' the world energy economy - that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel. How fast can this happen, and what could we do to accelerate this shift? A look at the history of other infrastructures offers some clues. Decarbonization is an infrastructure problem, the largest one humanity has ever faced. It involves not only energy production, but also transportation, lighting, heating, cooling, cooking and other basic systems and services. The global fossil fuel infrastructure includes...

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