UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RESEARCHERS TEAM UP TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change is now linked with extreme weather which has claimed 606,000 lives during the last 20 years, in addition to exposing 4.1 billion people to heat waves, displacement, loss of homes among others. Climate Change has morphed into Climate Disruption. Californians, including leading UC researchers, are responding in unprecedented ways. The UC system responded with the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which aims to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2025 across the UC System of ten campuses. This initiative spun off from the Bending the Curve initiative of UC researchers.
In 2015, the UC-50, a team of 50 researchers from all ten campuses of the University of California (UC), published a report, entitled: Bending the Curve (BtC): Ten Scalable Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability. The title refers to flattening that upward curve of greenhouse gas emissions curve which are responsible for climate disruption. 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 societal transformation, businesses, energy technologies, farming, policy-making and governance.
BENDING THE CURVE TEN SOLUTIONS RELEASED BY FORMER GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN
1. Bend the warming curve immediately by reducing short- lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and sustainably by replacing current fossil-fueled energy systems with carbon neutral technologies.
2. Foster a global culture of climate action through coordinated public communication and education at local to global scales. Combine technology and policy solutions with innovative approaches to changing social attitudes and behavior.
3. Deepen the global culture of climate collaboration. Design venues where stakeholders, community and religious leaders converge around concrete problems with researchers and scholars from all academic disciplines, with the overall goal of initiating collaborative actions to mitigate climate disruption.
4. Scale up subnational models of governance and collaboration around the world to embolden and energize national and international action.
5. Adopt market-based instruments to create efficient incentives for businesses and individuals to reduce CO2 emissions.
6. Narrowly target direct regulatory measures — such as rebates and efficiency and renewable energy portfolio standards — at high emissions sectors not covered by market-based policies.
7. Promote immediate widespread use of mature technologies such as photovoltaics, wind turbines, battery and hydrogen fuel cell electric light-duty vehicles and more efficient end-use devices, especially in lighting, air conditioning, appliances and industrial processes.
8. Aggressively support and promote innovations to accelerate the complete electrification of energy and transportation systems and improve building efficiency.
9. Immediately make maximum use of available technologies combined with regulations to reduce methane emissions by 50 percent and black carbon emissions by 90 percent. Phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 2030 by amending the Montreal Protocol.
10. Regenerate damaged natural ecosystems and restore soil organic carbon to improve natural sinks for carbon (through afforestation, reducing deforestation and restoration of soil organic carbon).