Top Solutions

What do you think would reduce greenhouse gas emissions more?
One, If half the world switched to a plant-rich diet, or if clean cookstoves, which reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, were adopted on a large scale in the developing world?
Paul Hawken, legend in environmental circle since the early 1980s started green businesses, writing books on ecological commerce (President Bill Clinton called Hawken’s Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world), consulting with businesses and governments, speaking to civic groups, and collecting honorary doctorates (six so far).

A few years ago, he set out to pull together the careful coverage of solutions that had so long been lacking. With the help of a little funding, he and a team of several dozen research fellows set out to “map, measure, and model” the 100 most substantive solutions to climate change, using only peer-reviewed research.

He proposed a project named ‘Drawdown’ –  The Most Comprehensive Plan EverProposed to Reverse Global Warming; which gave a brief idea of how the carbon-dioxide emission can be reduced in the atmosphere thus reducing the climate change.
Below are the top solution ranked with decreasing carbon emission reduction:

Rank Solution
1 Refrigerant Management
2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)
3 Reduced Food Waste
4 Plant-Rich Diet
5 Tropical Forests
6 Educating Girls
7 Family Planning
8 Solar Farms
9 Silvopasture
10 Rooftop Solar
11 Regenerative Agriculture
12 Temperate Forests
13 Peatlands
14 Tropical Staple Trees
15 Afforestation
16 Conservation Agriculture
17 Tree Intercropping
18 Geothermal
19 Managed Grazing
20 Nuclear
21 Clean Cookstoves
22 Wind Turbines (Offshore)
23 Farmland Restoration
24 Improved Rice Cultivation
25 Concentrated Solar
26 Electric Vehicles
27 District Heating
28 Multistrata Agroforestry
29 Wave and Tidal
30 Methane Digesters (Large)
31 Insulation
32 Ships
33 LED Lighting (Household)
34 Biomass
35 Bamboo
36 Alternative Cement
37 Mass Transit
38 Forest Protection
39 Indigenous Peoples’ Land Management
40 Trucks
41 Solar Water
42 Heat Pumps
43 Airplanes
44 LED Lighting (Commercial)
45 Building Automation
46 Water Saving – Home
47 Bioplastic
48 In-Stream Hydro
49 Cars
50 Cogeneration
51 Perennial Biomass
52 Coastal Wetlands
53 System of Rice Intensification
54 Walkable Cities
55 Household Recycling
56 Industrial Recycling
57 Smart Thermostats
58 Landfill Methane
59 Bike Infrastructure
60 Composting
61 Smart Glass
62 Women Smallholders
63 Telepresence
64 Methane Digesters (Small)
65 Nutrient Management
66 High-speed Rail
67 Farmland Irrigation
68 Waste-to-Energy
69 Electric Bikes
70 Recycled Paper
71 Water Distribution
72 Biochar
73 Green Roofs
74 Trains
75 Ridesharing
76 Micro Wind
77 Energy Storage (Distributed)
78 Energy Storage (Utilities)
79 Grid Flexibility
80 Microgrids
81 Net Zero Buildings
82 Retrofitting




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