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"Zero Carbon" is the new Utopia. It is an ideal aimed at slowing global warming so that our ecological impact is negligible.
Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal (often through carbon offsetting) or simply eliminating carbon emissions altogether (the transition to a "post-carbon economy"). It is used in the context of carbon dioxide-releasing processes associated with transportation, energy production, agriculture and industrial processes.
Carbon-neutral status can be achieved in two ways:
Carbon projects and emissions trading are often used to reduce carbon emissions, and carbon dioxide can even sometimes be prevented from entering the atmosphere entirely (such as by carbon scrubbing).
(SUGGESTED) SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Governments aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition as yet. Cars need an infrastructure to equal the convenience of present day filling stations. A service station for buses, cars and trucks is under development and looking for funding calls and collaborative partners. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt policies to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures. Curbing kleptocratic councils and warmongers to foster peaceful objectives that take the sting out of aggrieved nations, so to unite all for the common good.
The importance of this cannot be understated where councils have been enforcing against permitted development, so making property owners build twice and fight legal battles they should not have been forced into - all of which raises the carbon footprint of the country concerned.
The UK has one of the worst records for blatant human rights violations in connection with buildings and planning. Wealden District Council has been the subject of several cases, making them climate criminals, now having declared a climate emergency, it remains to be seen in they can mend their ways, to please Her Majesty's government.
ZERO CARBON BRITAIN
The UN Paris Agreement demands that humanity must reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century. This is a big shift, but we have no option other than to succeed if we are to avoid really dangerous climate change.
A Zero Carbon Britain Hub
is set to provide a programme of support aimed at increasing the confidence, competency and effectiveness of policymakers, communities and organisations in developing Zero Carbon Action Plans tailored to their
needs from 2020. Truly, this is needed immediately, where councils in
particular have been allowing the build of old fashioned brick built houses
in large numbers in 2019 that are energy gobblers, when they should have
been pursuing affordable units that are energy sustainable. The problem
being that councils are more interested in generating tax income via
properties with higher
rate-able values, than using their Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL)
to provide a rolling stock of low cost land for self-builds and flatpack eco
ZERO CARBON EUROPE
The Mediterranean area includes the Adriatic, Aegean and Ionian seas where the coasts are beautiful and the history of the destinations are major tourist attractions, potentially at risk economically from rising costs as shipping seeks to conform to the United Nations SDGs and IMO's targets to reach zero carbon shipping for 40% of the fleet by 2040.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - This design advances the capture of solar and wind power to the next level. Copyright © October 2019, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.Wind power is much reduced where arctic ice melt has slowed average speeds. But green hydrogen coupled with solar power may provide a higher speed solution.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM - Zero carbon shipping will be needed to support the circular economies of popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean regions.
SUSTAINABLE SOLAR & WIND POWERED CARGO SHIPS - Zero carbon shipping will be needed to support islanders all over the world that depend on ships to deliver essential supplies and to export produce to other regions. Operators will need to change they way they schedule deliveries with more frequent sailings and smaller vessels - and that means more efficient docking, loading and unloading. Hence, we need automated ports that are smarter. For work in progress, see the French Archinaute project. There are EC calls for hydrogen fuel cell powered ships, but nothing to date for solar and wind powered vessels.
Renewable energy is any energy source that can be harnessed from nature, that excludes fossil fuels, where coal and oil may have been derived from nature many years previously. These forms of energy are sometimes termed: Renewables.
The forms that are natural to planet earth have provided for mankind as we developed into an intelligent species, such as solar heat, wind and waves. These include:
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