Climate Change and the Stabilization Triangle
The notion that climate change mitigation requires multiple strategies has been around for a number of years. In 2004, Robert Socolow and Stephen Pacala of Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative coined the term “stabilization wedges,” or a set of individual strategies needed to reduce 1 billion tons of carbon emissions per year to achieve a flat path of carbon emissions. Regrettably, the pace of growth of carbon emissions means that what required 7 wedges to achieve in 2004 became 9 wedges as of 2017.
Our newsletter and blog this month provide updates on three pillars of climate change mitigation strategies - two of which were not available as "stabilization wedges" when the report was published - encouraging evidence that despite the r