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

Examples of decarbonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States must play a leading role if climate change is to be halted, and that will require a massive national effort that includes electrifying transportation, decarbonizing electricity and much more. David M. Hart, The Conversation, "Why a measured transition to electric vehicles would benefit the US," 26 Nov. 2019 Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy at the center-right think-tank Niskanen Center, says putting a price on carbon—whether by tax or cap-and-trade—is the most market-friendly way to decarbonize the economy. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Embracing failure will help us fund climate-saving technology," 1 Nov. 2019 The global economy is becoming decarbonized but way too slowly. CBS News, ""We are definitely moving in the right direction": Former U.N. climate negotiator on climate change," 23 Sep. 2019 In 2008, the U.K. passed the Climate Change Act, a sweeping law that set the country on a path toward decarbonizing its economy. Julia Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s how 6 countries are stepping up to meet the Paris climate goals," 23 Sep. 2019 In Mexico City, for example, a project to help a few buildings decarbonize snowballed. National Geographic, "This is what cities need to do by 2050 to meet climate goals," 19 Sep. 2019 Concrete, Planes—and Cows So what industries are especially difficult to decarbonize? Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Nestlé Says It Will Achieve ‘Net Zero’ Emissions. But What Does That Mean?," 16 Sep. 2019 With the rise of flight shame, airlines are racing to find an answer for how to decarbonize and reduce their climate impact. Los Angeles Times, "Flight shame: Airlines are under rising pressure to cut their carbon emissions," 28 Aug. 2019 And the only way to ensure that is to rapidly decarbonize the global economy. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decarbonize

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1 Dec 2019

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“Decarbonize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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