Drawdown Strategy #20 – Nuclear Energy

HBO’s critically-acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl has recently brought nuclear energy back into the limelight, to mixed[i] reviews[ii]. Although the show’s creator Craig Mazin stressed in a tweet[iii] that “the lesson of Chernobyl isn’t that modern nuclear power is dangerous,” some viewers[iv] have taken away that message regardless. There’s no question, however, that nuclear power has a…

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Drawdown Strategy #19 – Managed Grazing

We have already briefly encountered managed grazing, #19[i] on the Drawdown organization’s top 100 solutions to reverse climate change[ii], in our post on regenerative agriculture[iii]. Managed grazing is one of the four core practices of regenerative agriculture, because it can improve soil health, increase biodiversity and water retention, and sequester atmospheric carbon. In fact, Drawdown…

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Drawdown Strategy #18 – Geothermal Energy

Humans have harnessed the heat within the Earth for millennia, perhaps most notably in the ancient Roman baths that served as centers of city life. Far more recently, we have begun to draw upon this geothermal energy—from the Greek roots geo (‘Earth’) and thermos (‘heat’)—as a renewable source of power. The planet contains an astronomical…

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Drawdown Strategy #16 – Conservation Agriculture

Conservation agriculture has much in common with regenerative agriculture, which we covered earlier in our breakdown of the Drawdown Organization’s top 100 solutions to reverse climate change. The primary reason why conservation agriculture is five spots lower on Drawdown’s rankings—#16 to regenerative agriculture’s position at #11—is that conservation agriculture allows for the use of synthetic…

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Drawdown Strategy #14 – Tropical Staple Trees

We’ve already discussed the importance of tropical forests to mitigating the effects of climate change: though these beautiful ecosystems cover just 5% of the Earth’s surface, they store as much as one-quarter of the world’s carbon. This awesome ability is the primary reason the Drawdown Organization ranks tropical forests #5 on its top 100 solutions to…

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Rooftop Solar – Drawdown Strategy #10

Rooftop solar is the #10 most effective strategy for reversing global warming. By reducing the need for installing additional large utility-scale power plants and burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, citizens can be a part of the solution to climate change in a visible and impactful way. At Alto Sustainability, our rooftop solar photovoltaic energy…

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