Climate Change Mitigation

Urban planner Peter Calthorpe has been attacking the climate problem for 15 years and wrote the 2010 book Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change. “All areas of government intersect in urban planning. Cities are not a collection of silos! Central to all climate change impacts—transportation, energy, land use—is urban form.

Mitigation is the reduction of greenhouses gases to slow the progress of  climate change and to reduce its eventual impacts. Good mitigation practices can cover the full range of the choices we make in our daily lives, from where we live to how we travel to what we consume. CNU-California is working to point out better options for many of our actions.

Climate change mitigation can also mean avoiding and reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures.

Mitigation may be achieved by increasing the capacity of carbon sinks, e.g., through reforestation. Further examples of mitigation include; switching to low-carbon energy sources, such as renewable and nuclear energy, and expanding forests and other “sinks” to remove greater amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


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