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Bending the Curve: Ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability

Collection launched: 12 Dec 2016

Bending the Curve: Ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability

Guest Editor: Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA

Climate change is scientifically incontrovertible. What the world urgently needs now are scalable solutions for bending the curve — flattening the upward trajectory of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and consequent global climate change.

These 10 chapters in this special collection present 10 scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability, and present pragmatic paths for achieving carbon neutrality and climate stability in California, the United States and the world.

More than 50 researchers and scholars — from a wide range of disciplines across the University of California system — formed a climate solutions group and came together in July-October 2015 to identify these solutions, many of which emerge from UC research as well as the research of colleagues around the world. Taken together, these solutions can bend the curve of climate change.

This work is inspired by California’s recent pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and by the University of California’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025. What is taking place in California today is exactly the sort of large-scale demonstration project the planet needs. And this statewide demonstration project is composed of many of the kinds of solutions that can be scaled up around the world. Over the past half century, California has provided a remarkable example for the world by achieving dramatic reductions in air pollution, while continuing to grow economically.

Photo Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt / LBNL

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Publisher’s Notes:

These chapters are invited content, and Guest Editor Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan is the responsible Senior Editor. Chapters were editorially reviewed by the Bending the Curve board of chapter chairs and contributors, with no-one reviewing their own contribution.

The publication of these chapters in Collabra marks the end of publishing in fields beyond psychology at this journal. All submissions on topics in this field, including follow up from the Bending the Curve team, should be redirected from this point onwards for consideration at the UC Press journal: Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.