False Solutions? 3 Ways To Evaluate Grand Climate Proposals

April 11, 2016 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

solar hutWe’re going to be hearing a lot about grand solutions to our climate emergency in the coming years. Even if we were to bring net global carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, experts say, we’d need to suck a massive amount of carbon from the atmosphere to keep temperatures within a range of 1.5º-2.0º C this century.

There’s no shortage of proposals for how to do this. People are talking about changing how we do agriculture; capturing carbon from power plants; painting roofs white; fertilizing the ocean; and even spraying gold dust into the atmosphere.

How should we evaluate the proposals we’ll be hearing about to determine which ones to support and which ones will only lead to worse disasters? We need a way to distinguish authentic pathways to a sustainable civilization from false solutions. I suggest three ways to consider any proposal you might come across.

Read False Solutions? 3 Ways To Evaluate Grand Climate Proposals by Jeremy Lent at Resilience.org.

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Energy, How-To, Renewables.

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