Burning Down The House: 39% Increase In Global CO2 Emissions Projected By 2030
Burning house in New Orleans - Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Image credit:VisualFuturist
This extremely bleak global projection by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) lays out the extreme risk of proceeding several more years under a "business as usual" scenario:- "In the absence of specific policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the world's energy use is expected to increase by 44% between 2006 and 2030, causing a 39% increase in global carbon dioxide emissions, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA's "International Energy Outlook 2009," released last week, finds that much of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions will occur in developing nations, especially in Asia." Asian nations must participate actively in climate action. It is only a choice of how far, how fast. Without them, investment in renewable energy amounts to dousing a world on fire with a very leaky hose.
But with global electricity demand growing steadily, renewable power is only projected to increase its share of the world's electricity market from 19% in 2006 to 21% in 2030. Over the same time period, the EIA expects coal power to increase its global share from 41% to 43%See the full EIA report here.
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