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In a nutshell: A way of trapping carbon with “green coal”.
2. Fertilising the ocean
In a nutshell: Dumping iron dust in the ocean to remove carbon.
3. Species relocation
In a nutshell: Giving under-threat species a second home.
4. Reinstate the drinking fountain
In a nutshell: The rebirth of bottle-free water.
5. The world community grid
In a nutshell: Your computer does ethical stuff in the background.
In a nutshell: Counting carbon emissions rather than calories.
In a nutshell: Don’t buy stuff – lease it.
8. Backyard sufficiency
In a nutshell: Treating your garden as a source of protein.
Biking to work slashes overall carbon emissions when compared to driving or using public transportation, contrary to what state legislators may say. Turn that idea into a10,000-strong bike share program, and you can revolutionize the way a population thinks about going green.
Bike share programs have revolutionized transportation in some of the country’s largest cities, like Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Miami Beach and Boston.
For a daily or annual fee (usually around $7 or $75 respectively), users can check out a bike for about 30 minutes at a stand-alone kiosk, ride it around the city, and then check it in at any other kiosk in the system with no extra charge.
The idea has been popular overseas since 2007 and there are now massive programs in cities like Paris (16,000 bikes), London (8,000), and Hangzhou, China (65,000). New York launched it’s own 10,000-bike version, Citi Bike, earlier this year.
Many other cities (like Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles) have programs in the works.
Electric cars are finally starting to gain some traction and become reasonably affordable. The Tesla Model S, subject to some recent bickering, has a range of about 275 miles on a single charge and a starting price tag around $50,000.
The Chevy Volt, an electric hybrid vehicle, has a range of about 35 miles before a gas engine kicks in. The all-electric Nissan Leaf gets an equivalent to 99 mpg.
But the main concern is the youth of the industry. At home charging stations are recommended for most electric vehicles, but there isn’t a widespread public system that can rival gas stations, making long distance trips more difficult.