Reaching net zero – is it doable, or is it just a pipe dream? In podcasts recently Steve Keen has expressed thoughts that we are already too late to avoid catastrophic climate change. But this week, Harald Desing, a scientist at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, gives a more positive spin on the outlook. He reckons, if we focused on the task, accepted there would have to be an increased usage in fossil fuels in the short term, we should be able to get to net zero in 5 to 10 years. Of course, anyone who has watched “Don’t Look Up” knows that scientists might have the answer, but it’s the politicians and media commentators who will stop it happening. And the economists, let’s not forget them.
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