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  •  3 areas (5+ / 0-)

    There are 3 areas of a person's life that make the biggest impact:

    1) Your residence
    Don't live in a McMansion just because you can. Also, locate where you live close to your work and where you shop, go to school, doctors, etc.

    2) Your car
    Self-explanatory

    3) The food you eat
    Dont' eat meat or at least drastically reduce the amount of meat you eat.

    Everything else is trivial by comparison to these three.

    •  one to add: no-fly (2+ / 0-)
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      if at all possible, don´t fly. As far as I am aware, that is one of the big hitters in carbon footprint.

      •  That one really sucks, as I love to travel and (2+ / 0-)
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        often have to travel for my job.  :/

        It pisses me off a whole bunch that we aren't making air travel the absolute priority when it comes to making fuel from biomass., ie. instead of making ethanol, we should be making jet fuel.

        Cars can be powered by electricity.  Airplanes, on the other hand, can't.  Not for another couple of decades, at least.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:59:46 AM PST

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        •  There is serious work (2+ / 0-)
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          going on re renewable fuel sources for aviation.  US military efforts for "drop-in ready" fuels are being strongly coordinated with what the aviation industry is doing.  We could see 10,000s of barrels/day (preferably 100,000s or millions) before the end of the decade coming online to go into aviation.  

          Also, of course, the efforts to improve efficiency -- of airframes, of operations, etc ...

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          by A Siegel on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:58:37 AM PST

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          •  Yeah, it's pretty cool that the U.S. military is (3+ / 0-)
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            becoming a positive force in combatting climate change.

            As it currently stands, it really makes a lot of sense to replace fossil jet fuel with biomass-based jet fuel.

            It actually wouldn't even eat up all that much land since airline travel only uses about 2% of all fossil fuels used for transport.

            "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

            by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:32:19 AM PST

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    •  My adaptations (0+ / 0-)

      1) Right now I live in a shoebox-sized studio in a green-certified building in a walkable neighbourhood. Rent went up, though (lots of Seattlites taking the same approach) so I'm downsizing to a room in a small 3-bedroom duplex that I'll be sharing with two other people, one neighbourhood over.

      So I'm going from 550 square feet of residential footprint to 1/3 of about 900. The building's older and possibly more expensive to heat, but that should be mitigated by shared cooking, cleaning, and entertainment.

      2) I quit driving 4 years ago. I walk to most things, bus to the rest.

      3) I'm really bad in the food department. Being a picky eater sucks.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:32:29 AM PST

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