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Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Global Picture

September 8, 2020
By Martin Livermore

International policies to mitigate climate change are achieving little, yet European states’ efforts to reduce emissions, are crippling their economies, while China, India and the rest of the less-developed world continue growing using coal and oil.

From the study:

The current round of international action on climate change mitigation is achieving little. Global emissions continue to rise.

Leaving aside any consideration of the actual effectiveness of decarbonisation – if it could be achieved – it behoves the scientific and political establishment to revise their analysis of what can be done and how to achieve it, and focus efforts on developing realistic and affordable solutions.

Whatever efforts European states make to reduce emissions, the outcome could simply be to cripple their economies, while China, India and the rest of the less-developed world continues to fuel growth with coal and oil. These countries will never follow the lead of the EU or others until the solutions provided are economic.

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