Right now, greenhouse gas emissions are on an increasingly upward trajectory and the earth’s temperature is projected to rise by 2.5 to 7.8 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. While that number seems small, it will cause major climate disruption within the next century. Yet, most scientists agree that reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 and then maintaining carbon neutrality after 2050 will reduce overall warming by as much as 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100.
Over 50 researchers from the University of California collaborated to publish “Bending the Curve,” an executive summary of ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability. The title refers to flattening that upward carbon emissions curve and ultimately bringing down carbon emissions. This report is part of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which aims to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2025 across the UC System. It will require commitment and innovation from all 10 UC campuses to achieve this goal, but “Bending the Curve” offers ten solutions that can be scaled for larger or smaller communities, and can be applied to a variety of fields, like business, farming, and policy-making.