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Global_warming solutions - SAS 9 Crisis in the Environment?...

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SAS 9 – Crisis in the Environment? Topic 4 – Solutions to Global Climate Change Stabilization wedges To avoid potentially catastrophic effects of global warming, researchers have suggested that we need to stabilize CO 2 emissions at current levels, ~7 billion tons of C/year. This would then stabilize atmospheric CO 2 concentrations at 570 ppm by 2100, a level that is likely to result in only minor climate interference. Pacala and Socolow have proposed a way to stabilize emissions with existing technologies, know as “stabilization wedges.” They suggest that the problem of CO 2 emissions can be broken down into 7 different wedges that make up a “stabilization triangle.” Each wedge represents a carbon-cutting strategy that has the potential to grow from zero today to avoiding 1 billion tons of C emissions per year by 2055, or one- seventh of the stabilization triangle. The wedges can represent ways of either making energy with no or reduced carbon emissions (like nuclear or wind-produced electricity), or storing carbon dioxide to prevent it from building up as rapidly in the atmosphere (either through
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course SAS SAS009 taught by Professor Horton during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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