“Leapfrogging” is the notion of developing countries adopting modern, sustainable technologies, without following the path the developed world took through the intervening (and highly polluting) steps of industrialization. It’s a meme that’s catching on, and WorldChanging has a kind of leapfrogging primer up to familiarize you with the basics.
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