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Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss New U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target

New Brunswick, N.J. (April 22, 2021) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick professors Robert E. Kopp and Pamela McElwee are available for interviews on President Biden’s new plan, unveiled on Earth Day, for the United States to roughly halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

“Stabilizing the global climate requires bringing global net carbon dioxide emissions to zero. The ambitious yet achievable target of reducing U.S. emissions by 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 shows that the U.S. is willing to play its role in the global effort to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a target set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement,” said Kopp, director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences.

“The Biden administration is not only announcing an ambitious but achievable plan in line with what science tells us we need to do, they are announcing the pledge at a summit where they are sharing the stage with a number of other world leaders and representatives of different sectors. This administration understands that only through global cooperation can we get to net zero, and that we need a broad coalition of people in the discussions, from businesses to workers to indigenous people to youth,” said McElwee, an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact John Cramer at [email protected]

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