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Despite the latest pontificating by governments and companies on the phasing out of petrol fueled vehicles, I am not impressed. here is one of several posts commenting on such initiative. My response to those who cheer this seemingly grandiose strategy we may not have a hospitable planet by 2030!

If we dare to be realistic we realize that one to two decade time window is too narrow to prevent climate change and overall environmental degradation from taking us to irreversible global humanitarian crisis and natural ecosystem collapse.

We need more intense measures to deal with the level of risk we have created in this planet. What is despairing is not that we lack the ability to implement such measures, even at the eleventh hour as it is now, but that we believe to have the time window that would allow us to avoid a global catastrophic crisis. And we believe we have such luxury of course in our current slow and gradual transition to our culture and technology.

In light of the current environmental and cultural predicament where we have passed several tipping points in the disruption of our planetary life-sustaining system while we lack the urgency to cleanup our human infrastructure, I believe the highest priority is to develop solutions to save as much life (human and non-human).

Such approach would solve the long-held dilemma between adaptation and mitigation. I would put 60 percent of the efforts on adaptation and the rest on mitigation. If our strategy for adaptation sets the design foundation for a truly sustainable human infrastructure, 100% of our work will ultimately have resulted in mitigation.

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This is the kind of innovation Detroit needs to seriously look at. Humans and technology are just another ecosystem subject to the same laws of nature including gravity and evolution. No matter how superior we may think are we cannot defy either of them. Our automobile paradigm is unsustainable and therefore it is a matter of time before it becomes extinct. This futuristic concept is rightly called Horizon.

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Source: Inhabitat.com

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Cars are an aging species that has become detrimental element of the environment . We must embrace evolution and let cars be replaced by a more advanced and sustainable species in the human ecosystem, Personal Rapid Transit.

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Everyday it is becoming a little bit easier to reduce your carbon footprint. Two significant factors in today’s personal contribution to environmental degradation and climate change are product ownership and vehicle emissions.

Very few of us particularly those living outside cities can avoid these two sources of pollution. If you live in the suburbs or outside an urban area, you are condemned to drive even if it is to go to the groceries. In addition 99% of us require burning fossil fuels to operate our vehicles. Society still resists our escape from such disturbing and in my opinion, shameful predicament.

So while corporations and governments maintain the travesty of fossil fuel extraction and burning, creative entrepreneurs continue to look for more sustainable transportation alternatives such as the business model illustrated here which reduces the two almost inescapable sources of Green House Gases (GHG) associated with owning a vehicle.

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Many people especially in this part of the world where the economy and the culture has been shaped by the automobile believe green cars are the silver bullet of sustainable transportation…

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