Decarbonization in practice


A focus on the global and urban level matches well: The global, given climate physics, even if there are no corresponding actors in the international system to take decisions at global scale. The urban, for ease of social movement access to actors in climate-relevant decision-making processes (such as urban planning, mobility, energy, agriculture, etc.).

Shanghai demonstrates the scales of deep decarbonization more clearly than most places: Climate and transition risks are very significant here, and for such a low-lying river delta, over long time horizons truly existential. This is true also when we view climate as a risk multiplier over long timescales, and extend analysis to include further global governance challenges such as AI and pandemics.

For example the Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou region could be an urban-scale example to test interdisciplinary analysis. Assumptions about AI and pandemics could inform such research. This would allow testing whether, and for which types of questions, the distinction between language 1.0 and 2.0 adds analytical clarity in practice.

(iii) Quote: Wet bulb temperatures (Sherwood / Huber 2010)
(iv) Graph: illustration of Shanghai in a 3ºC world from: “The Three Degree World: The Cities That Will Be Drowned by Global Warming.” The Guardian. Collage PM