While slashing through lanes and apexes of turns, we are gaining strength and confidence in the knowledge and practice that we are reducing our carbon footprint to benefit others and society as well with lower emissions and less congestion and of course healthier and more well citizens.
Calculating the carbon footprint of products is becoming more important, including for adding teeth to proposed WTO tariffs to reduce carbon emissions worldwide per Paris Agreement as well as the ongoing UN-led war on plastic notorious for large amounts of carbon emissions in production and hence the emergence of more biodegradable materials, including bowls and glassware made of apple peels for example that animals may eat after disposal in some cases.
Newly emerging carbon-capture technologies and negative emission technologies are also beginning to reduce carbon and harmful discharges in various ways and need to be supported, invested in, and vigorously researched and developed to improve our way of life.
Positive uses for carbon that benefit our society, including as an insulator on the recently launched Parker probe to the Sun, are increasing at a rapid pace. It’s amazing to consider that approximately only 11 inches of carbon can shield safely electronics, etc., from several thousand degree celsius temperatures near the sun.
In the war on climate-change and global warming, where many scientists engage in self-censorship under alleged pressure from politicals in various agencies, the positive benefits of carbon as well as negative-emission technology can be a mood-changer and add a positive tone to discussions in our movement that has a superior base in law where though people have a right to drive according to various local laws they no longer have the right to harm others with poisonous emissions.
Carbon emissions are now clearly the culprit of increasing incidents of bronchitis, emphysema, heart attacks and strokes among the elderly but even more disturbing now are the increases in asthma and poor health due to exposure in small infants and children especially among city dwellers.
Uses for carbon as a lightweight and strong material in transport, including cycling for superiourly light, efficient and strong frames, are progressing rapidly into other modes of transport as well. Once criticized for breaking too easily, carbon frames after breaks for example can now be made stronger than new with new carbon glues and repair technologies, etc.
Lighter weight modes of transport would ease wear and tear on our roads and save us trillions of dollars in repair costs as well as savings in fuel consumption, etc.
More financial instruments are beginning to emerge, although small at this stage, to develop holistic uses of harmful carbon emissions throughout the energy production and use cycle to include a new renewable phase that processes used or emitted carbon into a positive source of energy or marketable products, like bicycle frames, that benefit many. This process is now known by the acronym CCSRU or carbon-capture storage and renewable-use technology.
There are also natural sources of carbon that we are beginning to learn more about, including carbon emissions from flowing rivers, that we may also be able to harvest for benefit with increasing instruments applied to research and product development in the coming years.
As carbon emissions continue to increase in violation of the Paris Agreement, heavy polluting industries, especially oil and natural gas with their negligent methane leaks, as well as coal, should pay higher levies to pay for clean-up and damages to non-polluting citizens that may also support vibrant renewable energy with tax credits and discounts on renewable energy. These levies if made high enough would also significantly reduce known harmful discharges.
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