Too little, too late, but it’s still good news!

The growth in global carbon dioxide emissions stalled in 2014 for the first time in the 40 years, and the International Energy Agency (IEA), which has been tracking it, said the slowdown wasn’t connected to an economic downturn.

The IEA said the news shows promise that economic progress does not necessarily have to be tied to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, as it has been for decades.

“This gives me even more hope that humankind will be able to work together to combat climate change, the most important threat facing us today,” Fatih Birol, IEA’s chief economist, said in a statement from the organization.

Global emissions were 32.3 billion metric tons, or the annual emissions of about 6.8 billion American cars, the same volume as 2013. Meanwhile, the world’s economy grew by about 3 percent.

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The IEA attributed the carbon stall to shifts that China and major developed economies in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) undertook last year.

Specifically, China made a conscious push toward more renewable energy, while OECD countries focuses on various efforts toward sustainable growth, like renewables and energy efficiency.

“This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one,” Birol said in the statement.

Birol added that the news should serve to encourage United Nations negotiators this December in Paris when they finalize a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases.

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3 thoughts on “Too little, too late, but it’s still good news!

  1. “Specifically, China made a conscious push toward more renewable energy”

    Really? I thought we were all supposed to throw up our hands in defeat because China and India were growing so quickly no matter what the west did Carbon outputs would keep rising.

    Guess that argument has a few holes.

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  2. “To all of us, the animal, the savage or the civilized being, few demands are as uncomfortable, disquieting or fearful as the call to innovate, adaptations we dodge as best we may.” (Fear and Conventionality, by E.C.Parsons).

    U.S. industry and most average folks will resist retooling unless forced to by legislation, innovative start-ups, or environmental catastrophe.

    Since most of us don’t vote, legislation is out, and since U.S. banks aren’t loaning money, start-ups are unlikely.

    We’ve known about global warming since the Johnson administration.

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