How wonderful it was to live at the turn of the twenty-first century! We had the luxury of considering climate change as a possible negative that might happen in the seemingly unimaginable future of “ten or 20 years from now.”  

Back in the good ole’ days, we imagined that hurricanes would someday become more destructive. Wildfires would someday threaten more population centers. Droughts would someday become more severe. 

These worries may have added a twinge of buzzkill while we were partying like it was 1999. On the bright side — most people figured — the disasters would not come for decades and by then, some lab coat-wearing egghead would have figured out a way to technologize us out of our pickle.  

Twenty years later, there is some good (and better) news and some bad (and worse) 

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Google plans to completely run its business operations on carbon-free energy by 2030, CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post on Monday. 

“We’ll start by working towards 24/7 carbon-free energy at all of our data centers and campuses around the world. Our data centers power the products and services you’ve come to rely on every day,” Pichai wrote. “This will mean every email you send through Gmail, every question you ask Google Search, every YouTube video you watch, and every route you take using Google Maps, is supplied by clean energy every hour of every day.”

Google is the latest big tech company to cut down carbon emissions. In September 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company would vow to become carbon neutral by 2040. 

“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,”

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