How can we combat climate change – Washington Post

How can we combat climate change – Washington Post

15 Jul 2019

report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded the alarm: The world has until 2030 to implement “rapid and far-reaching” plan to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of warming. Taking these actions could help start the planet down a path toward a better future.

  • Set local emissions goals: By setting such a goal at the local level, governments can figure out what solutions fit their community’s needs and work within their state’s legislative landscape.
  • Be smart about your air conditioner: Air conditioners have a high impact on the climate, both in the energy and refrigerants which have an impact on global warming that’s hundreds to thousands of times more potent than that of carbon dioxide by mass.
  • Encourage electric vehicles:  A  tax credit and direct infrastructure to get people, local governments and firms to buy electric cars and build a robust charging-station network for electric cars.
  • Be smart about nuclear power:  To help preserve existing nuclear power — and boost investments in renewables and energy efficiency, a carbon price or a low-carbon electricity standard should be established. Policies should incorporate the cost of climate-change-related damage into the price of fossil fuels.
  • Make it easier to live without cars: Building and redesigning our streets to make it safer and more convenient for people to walk and bike more and drive less — what we call Complete Streets policies.
  • Prevent wasted food — the right way: The United Nations estimates that if wasted food was a country, its greenhouse-gas emissions would rank third globally.
  • Incentivize carbon farming: Practices that improve soil health will play a critical role in our efforts to combat climate change, and states can help by passing legislation that incentivizes carbon farming.
  • Curb the effects of meat and dairy:  We must begin regulating the factory-farm model of livestock production to step up the fight on climate change.
  • Adopt a carbon tax: We need it, is putting a price on carbon. When carefully crafted, a carbon price can strengthen our economy, reduce emissions and encourage innovation.
  • Open electric markets to competition: Electricity generators must compete with each other to provide reliable power at the lowest cost. Generators thus have strong incentives to switch to cleaner fuels when they become cheaper.
  • Pass a Green New Deal: We need massive government action to overhaul our economy away from fossil fuels to clean energy. We need a Green New Deal!