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Reduction of BlackCarbon (soot) could have better, near-term effects than CO2 reduction
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The Next Big Future (NBG) Sceince & Technology blog has come up with a low carbon plan that is vastly cheaper and more effective, especially in the short run, in reducing black carbon, meeting SDGs, improving health. Current proposals are 'insanely expensive' & aren't working already. Paris agreement goals are not/cannot be met. It's not enough either, but a much better start.
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The only other major things I wish the article had covered were:

1. Tax Shifts: entirely off of Profits, Building, Sales, and Wages and onto: Pollution - including Carbon, Land/Air/Water; Extractive actions, e.g. Severance taxes for oil/gas and coal; Site Values, to discourage hoarding and inefficient building. This tax shift from goods to Bads will be enough because we can make it be enough by simply deciding to collect the same in taxes from the latter. This will be an equally powerful incentive to produce and innovate as it would be to reduce pollution and resource and land use.


2. More about how growing seaweed (kelp?) can eliminate 97% of cattle methane when mixed with feed. This was already shown in a previous NBF article.


3. Enhanced technological pushes for:

- Thorium nuclear and other safe nuclear previously covered by NBF

- Solar Windows on all large buildings. A company called Solar Windows says up to 50% of electricity can be generated by replacing all normal windows with equally transparent Solar Windows(tm).

- Increased R&D towards more efficient Solar (currently only ~20% efficient), battery technology (must have for all renewables when sun/wind not available).


What else? Current IPCC reports only state problem, no solutions except in broad negative terms, e.g Phase out Coal. There is no international agreement on how to get to carbonless world, and spending asks are way to high, higher than world military budgets, and higher than stated because figures are old and already unmet, so inflation and shortened time frame makes everything more expensive already.

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