09 Aug '11, 8pm

how netzeroCities get carbon down @grist

how netzeroCities get carbon down @grist

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green . Over 80 percent of Americans and over half of the world's population live in cities. By 2050, over 70 percent of the global population is expected to be urban. By then -- less than four decades away -- human civilization needs to be carbon neutral if we are to have any hope of averting catastrophic climate change. Figuring out how to eliminate greenhouse pollution from cities is a necessary component of that challenge. The city of Seattle, a global leader in the fight against climate change, commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute, Cascadia Consulting Group, and ICF International "to develop a scenario [PDF] of how the city might be able to achieve carbon neutrality " by 2050: Shifting to less GHG-intensive travel modes such as ride sharing, transit, walking, and biking, to produce a 30 percent reduction in per capita travel...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/smart-cities/2011-08-09-how-cities-c...

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