A new report says accelerating eight existing technologies across renewable energy, electric transport and lab-grown food can do the heavy lifting on climate action and cut greenhouse emissions by 90 percent within fifteen years. Californian think tank RethinkX – co-founded by Stanford University technology expert Tony Seba, is advocating for a technology and market-led approach in its report Rethinking Climate Change. The group has identified eight priority technologies that are either already commercially available and competitive today, or can be deployed to market before 2025. “Furthermore, these very same technologies will also make the cost of carbon withdrawal affordable, meaning that moonshot breakthrough technologies are not required to go beyond net zero from 2035 onwards,” Seba and co-author James Arbib say. They say the the biggest and most immediate opportunity is in the energy sector (57.6 per cent of greenhouse gas emisisons) which can be rapidly transformed by affordable, scalable low-carbon technologies in the form of solar PV,, wind power and lithium-ion storage batteries.
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