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Shifting to a Clean Energy Economy Would Bring Billions in Economic Benefits, Shows New Report

Shifting to a Clean Energy Economy Would Bring Billions in Economic Benefits, Shows New Report | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

We all know the science. The United States and the world as a whole must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050 in order to significantly reduce the risks posed by unabated climate change. 


We would need to invest an average of about $320 billion a year from 2020 to 2050, but the benefits would far outweigh these costs.


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Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says

Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Guardian Australia: The top 15 emitter countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output, according to the study.

 

The Deep Decarbonisation Pathways report, released by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, analyzed the 15 countries that account for 70% of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, which includes Australia, the US, Britain and China.

 

According to the report, compiled by academics from each of the countries, the 15 countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output.

 

These cuts are needed, the report notes, if the world is to avoid the “catastrophic” impact of failing to keep to the internationally agreed limit of 2C global warming on pre-industrial levels. The study concedes the world is on track to overshoot this.


A further UN report in September will set out the monetary cost of a rapid increase in renewables to cut emissions to zero.

 

But the newly released study plots a path that involves phasing out coal use almost entirely, shifting electricity generation to renewable sources such as solar and wind, and powering vehicles and buildings with clean electricity rather than fossil fuels such as oil and petrol.

 

Industrial and farming processes that can’t use such clean technology would be offset by large-scale storage of carbon in soils and trees.



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Deep Decarbonization Draft Offers “Transformational” Climate Strategies (VIDEO)

Deep Decarbonization Draft Offers “Transformational” Climate Strategies (VIDEO) | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

As unprecedented storms, extinctions, and water, food, and energy wars continue to touch our world, warnings about destructive human-made climate change multiply and increase in stridency. At the United Nations in New York yesterday, some possible solutions were officially released. (VIDEO available here.)

Deep Decarbonization is the first global cooperative program to identify practical pathways for major industrial economies toward a low-carbon world economy by 2050. Unlike many recent assessments, it focuses on potential solutions rather than agonizing statistics and definitions.

 

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C).


Jeffrey Sachs summarizes:

We are on a trajectory of some four degrees centigrade or more, depending on exactly the assumptions that one makes; and all of the evidence is that the business as usual path would be an absolutely reckless and unforgivable gamble with this planet.


“Change is in the air,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Solutions exist. The race is on, and it’s time to lead…. The report we are launching today shows how we can achieve deep decarbonization.”

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I firmly believe we could progress much faster toward 100% renewable energy and shutting down the fossil fuel industry than this UN plan, if we decide to rally our collective energy and make it happen.

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