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May 30, 2011

Love the smell of emissions? They're on the rise...

Some disturbing climate change news from The Guardian this morning: G

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Some disturbing climate change news from The Guardian this morning:

Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius — which scientists say is the threshold for potentially “dangerous climate change” — is likely to be just “a nice Utopia”, according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA. It also shows the most serious global recession for 80 years has had only a minimal effect on emissions, contrary to some predictions.

According to a new IEA report announced last week, the biggest concern is how to remove carbon emissions from electricity generation, in terms of preventing a rise in global temperatures of more than 2 degrees. Energy efficiency, renewable energies, nuclear power and carbon capture and storage are regarded as the best solution to deal with rising emissions.

It comes on the same day that Sarah Palin attended a motorcycle rally and said when asked if all campaign stops could be this loud, Palin replied: “Oh it would be a blast if it were this loud, if it smelt this good. I LOVE the smell of the emissions.”

Yes, yes, it’s not the same thing and I know that motorcycles are smaller polluters than cars. But it is an interesting angle about how science is revealing one thing while politicians are encouraging another.

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