CLIMATE CHANGE

C&EN talks with Holly Jean Buck, climate change policy and sustainability analyst

Cheryl Hogue
C&EN, 2022, 100 (14), pp 16–17April 25, 2022

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Companies across multiple industries , including the chemical sector, are pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero . To meet that goal, they will offset carbon through various actions. One option is planting trees. Another is capturing carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use to store it or use it as a raw material. But achieving net-zero emissions won’t ensure that the planet is buffered from the environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel extraction and use, says Holly Jean Buck, author of Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough . She argues that a net-zero goal could allow fossil fuel extraction and use to continue, drawing resources away from efforts to capture CO 2 from the atmosphere. Climate change isn’t the only reason for phasing out fossil fuels, according to Buck, an interdisciplinary researcher and professor at the University at Buffalo . She notes that

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