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Eliminating Non-Sustainability/
Regenerating the Environment

Preferred State:
Sustainable environmental systems for 100% of humanity

Problem State:
68 million acres of forest damaged or destroyed by acid rain

Strategy 13: Stopping Acid Rain

Acid rain is caused primarily by the emission of sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants. There are a number of remedies, including: switching fuel sources to natural gas, oil, or renewable energy sources; switching to low-sulfur coal; removing the sulfur from the coal before burning; using fluidized-bed combustion processes to burn the coal; and removing the sulfur from the smoke stack after combustion through the installation of pollution control equipment such as "scrubbers."

Costs/Benefits

A combination of tax incentives, government regulations and direct assistance that results in pollution-control equipment being placed on all coal combustion sites, increases in efficiency of industrial processes, transportation and appliances would cost approximately $8 billion per year for ten years. This is about 1% of the world's total military expenditures.

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What the World Wants Chart

Eliminate Starvation and Malnutrition: $19 billion Eliminate Starvation & Malnutrition: $19 billion Provide Health Care and AIDS Control: $21 billion Provide Health Care and AIDS Control: $21 billion Provide Shelter: $21 billion Provide Shelter: $21 billion Provide Clean, Safe Water: $10 billion Elliminate Illiteracy: $5 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Energy Efficiency: $33 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Energy Efficiency: $33 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Energy Efficiency: $33 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Renewable Energy: $17 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Renewable Energy: $17 billion Provide Clean, Safe Energy--Renewable Energy: $17 billion Retire Developing Nations Debt: $30 billion Stabilize Population: $10.5 billion Stabilize Population: $10.5 billion Prevent Soil Erosion: $24 billion Prevent Soil Erosion: $24 billion Stop Deforestation: $7 billion Stop Deforestation: $7 billion Stop Ozone Depletion: $5 billion Prevent Acid Rain: $8 billion Prevent Global Warming: $8 billion Prevent Global Warming: $8 billion Prevent Global Warming: $8 billion Remove Landmines: $2 billion Refugee Relief: $5 billion Refugee Relief: $5 billion Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: $7 billion Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: $7 billion Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: $7 billion Build Democracy: $2 billion
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