The dramatic shift in mainstream climate policy in support of a zero-emissions target is widely welcomed. But are we at grave risk of missing our intended outcome by attaching highly dangerous timeframes to this critical goal?
The evidence is clear: any further emissions released from now will only jeopardise the ability to address the existential threat of climate change. Current emissions will have ongoing impacts, and temperatures will continue to rise even if all future emissions were prevented today.
In addition for the need to address the question of immediate cooling, two actions critical for long-term climate repair include eliminating all further emissions, and large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
What are the leading tech disruptions, key innovations and economic strategies that could dramatically accelerate the transition to zero within the decade? What elements could make up an effective global drawdown program at the monumental scale and speed required?
Saul Griffith – Founder and Chief Scientist, Rewiring America
Heidi Lee – CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions
Justin Borevitz – Professor of Plant Energy Biology, ANU
Moderated by Natasha Mitchell – ABC Broadcaster & Journalist