Going Green: 10 Carbon-Neutral Projects Around The World

“It’s not easy being green.” — Kermit expand=1] the Frog

PARIS - For some of us, being green is a hard-to-quantify choice of using a reusable bag at the grocery storetaking or taking public transport. But for others, environmental friendliness is a hard calculation to reach carbon-neutral status. That means removing as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as you put in.

For example, putting milk in your coffee actually increases it’s carbon footprint because, among other reasons, a truck had to drive the milk to your local coffee shop. If you wanted to decrease it, just drink it black. (And think about how much water you boil!) Three large lattes a day for a year produces 600kg of CO2e (Carbon Dioxide equivalent).

The goal of reducing global warming requires both small and big changes, from individuals and multinational companies. Here’s how some projects around the world are attempting to reverse their carbon footprints.

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Taliban And Iran: The Impossible Alliance May Already Be Crumbling

After the Sunni fundamentalist Taliban rulers retook control of Afghanistan, there were initial, friendly signals exchanged with Iran's Shia regime. But a recent border skirmish recalls tensions from the 1990s, when Iran massed troops on the Afghan frontier.

Taliban troops during a military operation in Kandahar

The clashes reported this week from the border between Iran and Afghanistan were perhaps inevitable.

There are so far scant details on what triggered the flare up on Wednesday between Iranian border forces and Taliban fighters, near the district of Hirmand in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province. Still, footage posted on social media indicated the exchange of fire was fairly intense, with troops on both sides using both light and heavy weaponry.

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