System of Rice Intensification – Drawdown Strategy #53

The abbreviation SRI can stand for a number of things: Socially Responsible Investing[i], Scholastic Reading Inventory[ii], even the Stanford Research Institute[iii]. In climate and agricultural circles, however, SRI stands for System of Rice Intensification[iv]: a revolutionary method of growing rice developed by a French Jesuit in Madagascar in the 1980s. From humble beginnings in the…

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Improved Rice Cultivation – Drawdown Strategy #24

Improved Rice Cultivation   20% of all calories[i] consumed worldwide comes from the humble rice grain, feeding approximately 3 billion people each year. Up to 20%[ii] of all methane (CH4) emissions each year also comes from rice—representing 10%[iii] of the agricultural sector’s yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (1.5%[iv] of the global total). While methane does…

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District Heating – Drawdown Strategy #27

At first glance, district heating and cooling (DHC) sounds like the most modern of technologies. However, these networks of pipes that convey heated or cooled water into and between buildings have been around as far back as ancient Rome[i], where they were used to heat thermal baths, temples, even greenhouses.   DHC has come a…

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