Infrastructure Channel: How Important is the Evolution of Infrastructures for Earth’s Environmental Goals


At the center of the Paris Agreement — a text that was the culmination of intense negotiations in the French capital two years ago — is the goal of worldwide net-zero emissions levels over the second half of this century. In the text, it’s referred to as “a balance” between man-made greenhouse gas emissions and various methods of absorbing those emissions.

Expert analysts agree that reaching the goal will require dramatic changes in the world’s infrastructure, whether for energy, structure — or transportation. They also agree that the objective falls a little mire out of reach each passing day.

“We are at a key point for the world, because the infrastructure built today will be in use for the next 30 or 40 years,” Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat and founder of Mission 2020, a climate advice group, said in an interview.

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