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What Is the Path to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon? – Redshift

With megafires and catastrophic floods happening at an alarming pace, learn how the design and build industry is working to achieve net-zero carbon.

Meeting midcentury net-zero carbon goals means aggressively reducing emissions right now; actions in the next decade will be critical to mitigating climate change for the future.
Meeting midcentury net-zero carbon goals means aggressively reducing emissions right now; actions in the next decade will be critical to mitigating climate change for the future.

by Sarah Jones

Firefighters battle infernos from Lake Tahoe ski lifts. A hurricane reverses the flow of the Mississippi River. Thermometers read 121 degrees Fahrenheit—in Canada. A dip in gravity is detected in the Antarctic ice sheet. Sound like some kind of futuristic dystopian disaster movie? Not quite: These scenes are real; they’re happening right now; and they’re fueled by climate change.

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have sent more than 2,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This thickening blanket of heat-trapping pollutants is the cause of global warming.

The impact of fossil fuel use is staggering: Pollution kills 8 million people annually. In the United States alone, fossil fuel use causes more than 50,000 deaths and $445 billion in economic damage each year.

The degree of global warming is directly proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide that human activities add to the atmosphere. It’s a brutally simple equation: To stabilize climate change, global carbon emissions must fall to zero. The longer it takes to do that, the more the climate will change.

What Is Net-Zero Carbon?

Simply put, net zero is a state in which the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere is equal to the amount removed from the atmosphere. Net zero is achieved through carbon reduction, offsetting, and removal.

Why Is Net-Zero Carbon Important?

Net-zero carbon is important because climate change is widespread and intensifying (PDF, p. 8), and experts agree that the best way to tackle it is by reducing global warming.

Construction workers install solar panels at a construction site located in San Antonio for a building that will include a geothermal energy system, solar, and a large-scale rainwater and condensation collection system. Courtesy of Glumac and Joeris.
Construction workers install solar panels at a construction site located in San Antonio for a building that will include a geothermal energy system, solar, and a large-scale rainwater and condensation collection system. Courtesy of Glumac and Joeris.

Read on >>> Source: Redshift by Autodesk What Is the Path to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon?

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