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To meet the needs of the Paris climate goals, do we need to engineer the climate?

This blog post was originally prepared for “The Conversation.” The authors are Simon Nicholson, director of the Global Environmental Politics program, and Michael Thompson, managing director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University.

The climate talks that convened in Paris at the end of 2015 produced a historic agreement, giving negotiators and climate activists good reason to celebrate. Now the task is to ensure that the ambition shown in Paris is matched by action.

The good news is that there are a number of viable ways to meet the Paris climate goals. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that, since 2007, the output of the U.S. economy has grown by around 10 percent, while primary energy consumption fell by 2.4 percent over the same period. It is now possible to imagine that the economy can grow, even as fossil fuel-based energy production declines. Add to this an announcement from the International Energy Agency that electricity produced worldwide from renewable sources looks to be on track to overtake coal-fired generation by 2030, and the much-needed renewable energy revolution may well be upon us.

All is not necessarily rosy, however. … [To read more, visit the website of The Conversation].

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