Identifying where the biggest problems lie allows LPR 2008 to present Climate Solutions Models
assessing the effectiveness of the current solutions for change.
Using a wedge
approach (as pioneered by Pacala and Socolow
in 2004) the report illustrates how, for example, moving to clean, efficient energy generation based on current technologies could allow us to meet the projected 2050 demand for energy services with major reductions in associated carbon emissions.
Carbon remains the largest single demand humanity places on the biosphere.
“Governments need to determine safe practices for food production, energy consumption, water use, species introduction and land-use change. Private businesses need to partner with governments to define sustainable practices with environmentally sound technologies”.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director
The Earth Institute
In essence, the LPR 2008 defines the rapidly accelerating challenges we will face before reaching the middle of the 21st century.