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Cities Set Schedules for Carbon Neutrality

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MD
MD  
12/21/2012 1:21:28 PM
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Coal
Some coal-related art:

http://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/no-globes/

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
12/11/2012 9:51:42 AM
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Re: Carbon Free
I'm afraid your right Nicole. A few people like us who see what is right in front of our face, will not disuade the bulk of the population thats looks through colored glasses. Many people fear change and so they want things to stay the same. Unfortunaetly nature has other plans. In the end, those that can accept change and adapt, will survive, those that don't get recycled.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/11/2012 12:50:39 AM
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Re: Carbon Free
"We have the technology, all we need is the will."

Why is it so hard to get that second part right?

Great ideas, wbalthrop. I'd love to have you weigh in on the skyscraper blog post as well. I think there's a worthy debate to be had there.

All in all, the city you describe is what I hope we all end up with in the future. Unfortunately, though, without the "will" part (which we seem to be lacking, at least in the US) we're facing something much less desirable.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/11/2012 12:47:42 AM
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Re: Carbon Negative?
Fair point, Jeremy. Certainly I wouldn't want us to hold up any progress on taking the carbon out of the atmosphere. I just think it's essential that behavioral change is part of this. But yeah, doing both in parallel sounds like the right way forward.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/11/2012 12:44:26 AM
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Re: Lively, green smart city
Hazel, I just read a really interesting interview in The Sun literary magazine with a professor, advocate, and author focused on climate change. You should be able to access all or most of it here. The reason I bring it up is because she talks about framing the climate change issue as a moral one, which I think speaks to something Susan said on this thread earlier... perhaps it's the way we approach this subject that allows us to continue to be embroiled in this senseless debate. It's pretty simple, if you think about it as the aforementioned author (Kathleen Dean Moore) does: Is it moral to destroy this planet and leave your kids, grandkids, and/or just the future generations with a scorched, polluted Earth? If not (and I would imagine everyone would say it isn't), then let's make moves to make sure we don't do that.

Simple, 'eh?

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
12/10/2012 6:20:01 PM
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Carbon Free
Nice article Nicole,

Becoming carbon free should be a goal of every city on the planet. Some ideas:

#1: All electric doorstep-to-doorstep urban transport (combination of personal and mass transit).

#2: Eliminate Suburban sprawl by going vertical or subterranean (the subject of another article right now). Would also need to make urban areas more family and social friendly to entice suburbanites to give up their 3 hour commute for a home in the city.

#3: Provide open green areas near residential areas. Once all transportation is emission free then build a roof on top of all streets. The surface on top of the streets then becomes green pedestrian park space.

#3: Start an aggressive program of making buildings energy efficient.

#4: Move the food supply to the city with robust vertical farming. Vertical farms have the added benefit that they scrub CO2 from city air returning pure oxygen.

#5: Convert all city sewage into fertilizer that can be used on organic crops instead of mining minerals from the ground.

#6: Invest heavily in renewable energy sources to replace municipal power. Solar, wind, wave, geo-thermal, etc.

We have the technology, all we need is the will.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
12/10/2012 6:06:04 PM
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Re: Carbon Negative?
Jeremy,

What a great article, I can see much use for this from a small automobile attachment to downtown skyscraper installments.  Thank you for sharing!  Merry Christmas!!!

james

Jeremy.Johnson
Jeremy.Johnson  
12/10/2012 6:00:10 PM
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Re: Carbon Negative?
I think your point is valid, but I would argue that they should be done in parallel. According to climatologists, we have already exceeded safe limits of Carbon in the atmosphere, and we're rapidly approaching the time when drastic measures will need to be implemented. 30-50 years may seem like "forever away," but when we're talking about the decline of the biosphere's capacity to maintain a robust and diverse population... well... "drastic" seems a whole lot more like "necessar"

 

imho.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
12/10/2012 12:28:13 PM
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Re: Lively, green smart city
Nicole

Eloquently put.

Hazel
Hazel  
12/10/2012 12:16:50 PM
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Re: Lively, green smart city
I agree with almost everything you said here, Nicole. To put it more bluntly, people should really get over themselves and realize that it's not just about them. Not just people here, but for people all over the world with the same attitude. I think we're at that point where it's crucial that we take some action before it's too late.

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