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We need to acknowledge that our climate and conservation goals are not always aligned

Some low-carbon solutions can damage the natural world. Ignoring this will only harm the environmental cause

By Patrick Hall  

Photo: Realimage / Alamy Stock Photo

Lately, I have been hearing a recurring argument from those who oppose the transition to a low-carbon economy, pointing to the negative impacts of certain low-carbon solutions on the natural environment. The argument goes: given the identifiable environmental harm some low-carbon solutions cause, the “green lobby” is hypocritical and its ideas should be ignored. What is essentially being pointed out is that our climate and conservation goals are not always aligned.

For those of us who want to see bolder action on climate change, failing to openly acknowledge these criticisms does nothing to advance the environmental cause. By…

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