A United Nations scheme intended to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help to keep global temperature rise below 4 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers say, although it would not achieve this without sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network. Eradicating poverty by making modern energy supplies available to everyone is not only compatible with measures to slow climate change, a new study says. It is a necessary condition for it. But the scheme, the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, or SE4All, could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to the analysis from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and ETH Zurich, by achieving 3 goals: universal access to clean energy, doubling the share of renewable energy globally, and doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency – all by 2030. The published study, shows that reaching the three goals would cut GHG emissions and is achievable. Such an important start to stringent climate protection, however, must be complemented by a global agreement on limiting carbon emissions dramatically with action at local and national levels.
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‘World can end poverty and limit warming’ February 24, 2013 The world can both eradicate poverty and also keep global temperature rise within tolerable limts, a report says. But it will need to act on a broad front to do both. http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2013/02/world-can-end-poverty-and-limit-warming/