The grand challenges of climate change | Summary and Q&A

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February 12, 2019
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The grand challenges of climate change

TL;DR

While solar panels and windmills help reduce greenhouse gases, manufacturing and construction also contribute significantly; innovative solutions are needed to bring emissions down to zero.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How much greenhouse gases do manufacturing activities contribute to overall emissions?

Manufacturing activities contribute to 21% of greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the production of various goods and materials.

Q: What is the expected growth in the number of buildings by 2060?

The number of buildings worldwide is projected to double by 2060, necessitating a shift in construction methods to reduce emissions.

Q: Which materials used in construction emit greenhouse gases?

Materials such as steel, cement, and wood emit greenhouse gases during the production process, contributing to overall emissions.

Q: Why is it important to find innovative solutions in manufacturing and construction?

Innovative solutions are crucial to reduce emissions from manufacturing and construction as these sectors play a significant role in greenhouse gas emissions. By finding new production methods, we can work towards achieving zero emissions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Manufacturing emits 21% of greenhouse gases, highlighting the need for change in production methods.

  • The number of buildings worldwide will double by 2060, leading to a massive increase in emissions from materials like steel, cement, and wood.

  • It is crucial to innovate and find new ways to produce goods and construct buildings in order to achieve zero emissions.

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