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Microsoft pledges to remove more carbon than it produces by 2030

Microsoft... announced plans to remove more carbon than it emits by [2030]... “The scientific consensus is clear. The world today is confronted with an urgent carbon crisis,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said... “Each of us is going to need to take action, and that includes business.”... Microsoft’s Smith credited Amazon, but noted that Microsoft’s ambitions for addressing climate change are bolder. “They said they’ll be carbon-neutral by 2040. We’ve said we’ll be carbon-negative by 2030,” Smith said. “They’ve said they’ll have 100 percent renewable energy for their data centers by 2030. We’ve said we’ll do that by 2025.”... One point on which Microsoft and Amazon are aligned is that they both will continue to provide artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to energy companies to help them better pinpoint oil deposits for extraction... Microsoft won’t count the emissions from energy produced by oil and gas companies that its technology helped find... Microsoft plans for its entire fleet of vehicles to run on electric power by 2030 [and]... will adopt negative-emission technologies... to remove emissions it has created. The company also committed to investing $1 billion over the next four years in new technologies to help address the climate change crisis.