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How Can Ordinary People Combat Global Warming?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Post  
Republished by the Omaha World-Herald

Americans produce an average of 21 tons of carbon a year, about four times the global average, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The decisions you make each day can make a difference, but it’s hard to know where to start. Tips from advocates for the environment: Continue reading here.

Photo: Bob and Gina’s Home in Lincoln. Credit: SWT Energy

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A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising

A chat with Paul Hawken about his ambitious new effort to “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions. By David Roberts, Vox

Unlike most popular books on climate change, it is not a polemic or a collection of anecdotes and exhortations. In fact, with the exception of a few thoughtful essays scattered throughout, it’s basically a reference book: a list of solutions, ranked by potential carbon impact, each with cost estimates and a short description. A set of scenarios show the cumulative potential. It is fascinating, a powerful reminder of how narrow a set of solutions dominates the public’s attention. Alternatives range from farmland irrigation to heat pumps to ride-sharing.

The number one solution, in terms of potential impact? A combination of educating girls and family planning, which together could reduce 120 gigatons of CO2-equivalent by
2050 — more than on and offshore wind power combined (99 GT). Read more here.

[Wind turbines are ranked #2 and solar farms #8].