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Bottom-Up Solutions to Mitigating Climate Change

Significant attention has been focused on fashioning multilateral agreements to slow CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. These efforts are essential for reducing long-term warming, but more can be done to slow near-term warming significantly by enlisting social entrepreneurs, NGOs, impact investors, and philanthropists in creating bottom-up solutions to climate change mitigation.

 

The dangers associated with climate change can sound like a science fiction dystopia: melting Himalayan glaciers and a shrinking Greenland ice sheet; sea-level rise inundating coastal populations from Florida to Bangladesh and submerging sovereign island nations; rainforests succumbing and species migrating en masse; droughts leading to colossal forest fires; and more frequent, more powerful storms that show up in unusual places (like Sandy in New York).

The potential for warming to accelerate...


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