New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Climate worries

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As a college student from Connecticu­t studying in New England, I was very interested in the article about campus carbon neutrality entitled “State must lead way in taking on carbon emissions.” Eastern Connecticu­t State University supports Connecticu­t’s plans to reduce carbon emissions, especially by reducing the use of fossil-fuelpowere­d cars and trucks'. This step can help reach net-zero carbon emissions in all of Connecticu­t.

The U.N. report suggests that to limit global warming, humans must reach at least net-zero emissions. It also confirms “with high confidence the AR5 finding that there is a near-linear relationsh­ip between cumulative anthropoge­nic CO2 emissions and … global warming.” Thus, to reach net zero emissions, it is important to decrease emissions, such as how TCI-P will do so by financiall­y discouragi­ng fossil fuel suppliers.

To beat climate change, we need to remove CO2, as well. Anthropoge­nic CO2 removal is any process that humans implement to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. These processes must be employed because it is not enough to simply reach net zero, we must endeavor to reverse the very real and noticeable damage we’ve already caused, and do it soon before even more damage is done.

Although reducing carbon emissions from cars is important, it is also essential that carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. There should be more implementa­tion of anthropoge­nic carbon dioxide removal techniques to directly remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Companies should focus more funds on implementi­ng these techniques on a wider scale.

Abigail Chacko Fairfield

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