Climate & environmental scientist, working on solutions. Also: Executive Director, Project Drawdown. Personal views.
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Dr. Jonathan Foley is a leading climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He is also executive director of Project Drawdown — the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.

Foley’s work…

California coast and sunset. Photography © 2020 J. Foley

The world’s conversations about climate change have fundamentally shifted during the last few years. We have moved beyond old debates around whether climate change is happening to more constructive discussions about addressing it.

That’s excellent news, even if we spent decades getting here.

In the rush to address climate change…

Sunset with Thule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California. Photo by J.Foley © 2021.

Stopping climate change is relatively straightforward. We already know what to do. We just have to do it.

Mostly, we need to halt the emissions of greenhouse gases — which stem from the world’s energy use, land use and agriculture, and exotic materials — as soon as possible. …

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If you have been following discussions about climate change, you’ve probably heard about artificial carbon removal.

What is it? In short: Big machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the sky.

The technology isn’t new. It’s been around for decades, and it was a key part of industry’s “Clean Coal”…

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More than any other invention in human history, agriculture has radically transformed our civilization and our relationship with the natural world.

How did we get to this point?

Early humans didn’t farm to get food; we were hunter-gatherers who lived off whatever we could find around us. But from meager…

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It never fails. Whenever you get into a discussion about environmental solutions, you hit a fork in the road.

On one side, there is a simple, clear, and effective solution that can help address environmental problems. It works. It could make a big difference. And it’s ready to go today…

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Addressing climate change is going to be a race against time. Already we have delayed too long, and now we don’t have a moment to lose.

According to the “Carbon Law”, designed to limit global warming to 2˚C, we need to cut emissions in half during this decade and reach…

Prague Astronomical Clock. Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

The only sure path to stop climate change is to zero out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. That’s it. As simple as this sounds, it’s going to be an enormous job, requiring hard work over the coming decades.

But I find that most people don’t understand the time…

Skies over San Diego, California. Photo by Jonathan Foley © 2014.

The most important action to stop climate change is simple: Reduce the damn emissions of greenhouse gases that cause it.

But it seems that some people don’t want to talk about that. Instead, we hear a lot about reaching “net-zero” emissions (instead of zero), using emissions-trading markets, or even fanciful…

Addressing climate change is like playing chess. So we should learn the rules. Photo by Elia Pellegrini on Unsplash

It’s 2021, and the era of climate denial is over. We are moving beyond denying climate change and are now seeking ways to stop it.

The world understands climate change is real and addressing it is one of the most critical challenges facing us. That’s good news, but there are…

Dr. Jonathan Foley

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