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Despite the apocalyptic omens, an energy transformation big enough and fast enough to curb the spike in global temperature remains within reach.By accelerating the clean-energy transition that is underway, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below what would be expected under current consumption patterns.The world is already switching to cleaner energy, to electric mobility and to smarter power and land-use systems faster than anyone, including experts in the field, anticipated.Solar and wind energy have suffered similarly flawed projections.Energy became cheaper, and usage increased as a result.Another reason for underestimating the speed of today's energy transition is that the scale is different from previous conversions to new technologies. Because it can be sold in very large markets, with scalable production chains and still-maturing technologies, the transition to cleaner power is happening faster than many experts predicted it would.Still, not even a rapid shift toward "greener" energy will be enough to keep global average temperature within 2 degrees of preindustrial levels.
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