Monday, November 07, 2005
Greenhouse Gases to "Rise by 52%"
This from the BBC:
Global greenhouse gas emissions will rise by 52% by 2030, unless the world takes action to reduce energy consumption, a study has warned.
The prediction comes from the latest annual World Energy Outlook report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
It says that under current consumption trends, energy demand will also rise by more than 50% over the next 25 years.
"These projected trends have important implications and lead to a future that is not sustainable," said IEA chief Claude Mandil.
Greenpeace said the latest figures from the IEA showed just how important it was for countries to meet their Kyoto targets.
"The Kyoto protocol doesn't amount to much in terms of emissions reductions but at least it breaks the curve [of rising emissions] among countries that have accepted its targets," said Steve Sawyer, climate policy expert at the environmental pressure group.
"We have to work out the trick of how to get the US and the rapidly industrialising developing countries to break the curve as well."
The IEA is made up of the 26 main industrialised nations who are the major oil consumers.
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