Yale professor Wake Smith has called on more research on carbon capture and climate technology, as he warns that even after the world reaches net zero, the effects of global warming will continue.
Also a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Wake Smith says that extreme weather conditions that are the result of global warming will not disappear once we have achieved net zero emissions.
Global leaders have pledged to limit rising temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 so as to prevent disastrous consequences for the planet.
But in order to have a genuine impact and soften the harmful effects of the climate crisis for future generations, more research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the reduction of solar radiation is necessary, according to the Yale professor.
Smith says sea levels are said to keep on rising for centuries to come, as the excessive CO2 emissions from the past century have warmed the waters to the point where they will continue to melt polar ice sheets.
Wake Smith is a former Boeing executive and today teaches climate intervention at Yale University.
He discusses the above issues and potential solutions in his recent book Pandora’s Toolbox.