Lloyd speculated before on 10 ways that recession can help the environment, while Mike offered a counterpoint on ways that an economic downturn can hinder progress toward sustainability. Now some official figgures coming out of the UK suggest, where short-term CO2 emissions are concerned at least, that Lloyd may have a point. In fact, The Guardian is reporting that UK CO2 emissions dropped 8.7% in 2009 due to lower electricity and fuel use as businesses and individuals responded to tougher economic times. An increase in nuclear power use was also credited for the reduction. Renewables don't get a mention as a significant factor in this reduction.