Climate Change/Mitigation Strategies
In this section, we assume anthropogenic climate change is well underway and examine what individuals and social structures can do to slow or reverse the trend.
It is consensual that at present all strategies to address climate change in a global scale will be extremely infective, not by design but for failure to comply and commit to them, and extremely costly, especially due to the first reason. If measures are not taken simultaneously by all the unbalance will aggravate the impact on those that will attempt to implement them.
Community contributions to mitigation
This section highlights some current thinking about how communities might deal with a changing climate. These include encouraging people to live closer to where they work, building up (not out), increasing use of public transportation, increasing recycling programs, more efficient use of water resources, more renewable energy sources, and even "green" urban planning.
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things
- Pacala S, Socolow R, 2004: Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies. Science, Vol. 305, No. 5686, pp. 968-972.LINK
Individual contributions to mitigation
Here we discuss how personal conservation can help to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
- In the office - computers, printers, windows, etc.
- In the home - appliances, water use, etc.
- Transport - gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hybrids, and even bikes/walking.
- Lighting - compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs, OLEDs
- Heating and Cooling
- Alternative Energy - Roof-mounted solar panels, personal wind turbines, etc.
- Food - Adopt a balanced diet, trade some of the meat, milk, eggs based foods for fish, vegetables, and cereals.
- Sustainable Development
How societies/countries can reduce emissions
Governments are now aware and intend to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emotions, these are several areas that can contribute to it.
- Carbon Sinks - including sequestration
- Public Transport - efficient urban planning, trains, buses, and shared resources
- Renewable Energy - solar, wind, tidal, geothermal
- Nuclear Power - fission now, fusion later?
- Fossil Fuel Economics - Hubbert's peak and making it a plateau (maybe)
- Natality - Promote family planing and reductions of population.
- Energy Efficiency Reference wikibook