de·​car·​bon·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnīz How to pronounce decarbonize (audio) \
decarbonized; decarbonizing; decarbonizes

Definition of decarbonize

transitive verb

: to remove carbon from

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Other Words from decarbonize

decarbonizer noun

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Direct air capture, for example, would be especially useful for offsetting some of the hardest sectors to decarbonize, like air travel. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 One area of transportation that doesn't quite fit into that model is aviation, but that sector is hard to decarbonize. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel," 30 Sep. 2018 The fight to decarbonize and eventually go carbon negative will last beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this post. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 That resolution goes a step further than others by asking for a plan to decarbonize its operations. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A federal judge in a climate change lawsuit is forcing oil companies to cough up internal documents," 25 May 2018 Any serious effort to decarbonize the world economy will require, then, a great deal more clean energy, on the order of 100 trillion kilowatt-hours per year, by our calculations—roughly equivalent to today’s entire annual fossil-fuel usage. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, "Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet," 11 Jan. 2019 But there’s no hiding, no escaping the imperative to decarbonize. David Roberts, Vox, "This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5," 7 Aug. 2018 Not just a car thing California's approach is an interesting one because transportation is a difficult sector of the economy to decarbonize. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel," 30 Sep. 2018 The race to protect humanity from the worst effects of climate change surely depends upon decarbonizing our energy system, but fracking has a role to play in the long process of adjustment. R. Tyler Priest, WSJ, "‘Saudi America’ Review: The Truth About Fracking?," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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