de·car·bon·ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnīz \

Definition of decarbonize 

transitive verb

: to remove carbon from

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decarbonizer noun

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NuScale Is nuclear power going to help the United States decarbonize its energy supply and fight climate change? David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 That means rapidly decarbonizing the U.S. economy—much like Ocasio-Cortez has proposed. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 Their experiences, and mine, illustrate one of the more difficult challenges of decarbonizing the economy: Right now, most homes are heated and cooled by fossil fuels, and changing that is going to be complicated and painstaking. David Roberts, Vox, "Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify.," 2 July 2018 For small islands vulnerable to sea-level rise, decarbonizing shipping is a matter of survival. Jessica F. Green, Washington Post, "Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.," 17 Apr. 2018 That simply won’t be possible without almost completely decarbonizing the power sector. David Roberts, Vox, "The latest state to get serious about climate change is ... New Jersey?," 20 Apr. 2018 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that new technologies, alternative fuels and renewable energy could almost fully decarbonize the shipping industry by 2035. Jessica F. Green, Washington Post, "Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.," 17 Apr. 2018 Challenges remain to decarbonize industrial, commercial, and residential energy consumption, but most of these hurdles are economic challenges, not technological barriers. Todd Davidson, Fortune, "Commentary: We Should Prepare for Climate Change Like We Prepare for War," 17 Apr. 2018 If people’s way of life is to be forcibly changed in an expensive attempt to decarbonize society, at the very least it should be done with their informed consent. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Climate Alarmists Use the Acid-Rain Playbook," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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