A timely reminder of the pressing energy issues of our time. In the midst of ‘green talk’ and sustainability requirements, many projects are being encouraged which do not have long-term social and environmental justice interests in mind. It is important, as consumers, that we remain vigilant to the sources of our domestic energy consumption – thanks Jeremy for posting this up.
If the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, there needs to be a dramatic shift towards renewable energy. If we continue burning fossil fuels the way we do today, the world may warm by as much as 5 degrees. Changing that possible future means leaving fossil fuels in the ground.
Unfortunately they are hugely profitable, and those in possession of fossil fuel reserves have every intention of exploiting them. A recent study for Greenpeace identified 14 energy projects that, if they all go ahead, will increase global CO2 emissions by 20% between them. It is worth naming these projects, because to put it simply, the liveability of the planet may rest with the governments and corporations behind these schemes.
- China’s coal production: China plans to develop the coal production of its Northern territories, increasing coal production by a further 620 million tonnes.
- Australia’s coal exports: the country plans to…
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