Richest Nations Need to do More to Cut CO2 Emissions

THE Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who represent the world’s richest nations, report that their members have limited environmental damage, but not enough.

Carbon dioxide emissions need to drop over the next 10 years to reduce the threat of global temperatures reaching dangerous levels, but the OECD report, ‘Environment at a Glance 2013’, claims they will carry on rising and will be 50% higher than today by 2050!

The OECD member sates, 34 in all, who produced over half of CO2 emissions in the 1970's, are mature, well established economies but who now only contribute 30% emissions. This drop is primarily due to the shift of high energy use to China, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa and India - who between them account for 40% of global emissions.

Some OECD nations have cut emissions and increased production by improving energy efficiency and using a bigger and increasing share of renewable energy.

Politics is the stumbling block for other countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia, who seem to have left behind any aspirations to tackle climate change and have abandoned Kyoto Protocol.

The report studied OECD countries’ efforts to combat climate change through reduced use of fossil fuels, but they discovered that there is an 80% reliance on fossil fuels. Renewable energy making up only 9% of energy generation.

Picture of coal power plant by Arnold Paul cropped by Gralo (Image by Arnold Paul cropped by Gralo) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 15th January 2014


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