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Dr. Jonathan Foley

Climate & environmental scientist, working on solutions. Executive Director, Project Drawdown. Personal views.

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Stop Giving Big Oil a Carbon Fig Leaf

The Biden Administration is backing industrial carbon capture schemes that overwhelmingly benefit Big Oil — bolstering their bottom lines…

Hitting the “Emergency Brake” on Climate

There’s a hard truth about climate change: Meeting the Paris Accords — and limiting global warming to 1.5˚C or “well below” 2˚C — requires…

The World Needs Better Climate Pledges

Governments and businesses are looking to lead on climate change, but too many of their commitments are built on flawed “Net Zero”…

Solar Geoengineering: Ineffective, Risky, and Unnecessary

Some people are proposing to counteract climate change by artificially dimming the Sun. But it’s ineffective. It’s risky. And it’s…

7 Reasons Why Artificial Carbon Removal is Overhyped

Artificial carbon removal is largely a sideshow when it comes to climate change.

Food, Farming, and the Fate of Planet Earth

Agriculture is changing this planet more than anything else we do, even burning fossil fuels. A sustainable future depends on recognizing…

Occam’s Razor for the Planet

The simplest environmental solutions are often the best. They’re proven. They’re available now. And they can help us avert disaster. So…

We Need 4 Waves of Climate Action

Every climate solution works differently, unfolding at different speeds. We’ll need them all, traveling in parallel waves.

To Stop Climate Change, Time is as Important as Tech

Despite what many think, climate change is as much a problem of time as technology. We already have tools to get started. What we don’t…

Carbon Offsets Should Make You Nervous

Greenhouse gas “offsets” — where you pay others to reduce their pollution today, or bet on schemes to remove yours tomorrow — are all the…


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