Asia’s trajectory of fossil fuel use will threaten its energy security, worsen environmental damages and widen the gap between rich and poor unless the region dramatically changes its course, said a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), reports Coco Liu at ClimateWire. In 2010, Asia consumed one third of the world’s energy, and will consume over half that pie by 2035, based on current growth rate. If the region merely expands energy access without fundamentally changing the way it consumes, Asia will double its oil consumption, triple its natural gas use and nearly double coal use by 2035. But Asia’s limited fossil fuel resources mean that most countries there will not be able to produce half of the energy they need by 2035, becoming heavily depend on imported fuels, especially oil. Environmental damage will increase significantly. Air pollution will worsen, causing close to 4 million deaths annually by 2030, mostly in China and India. Already dwindling water resources will be stressed further to cool fossil fuel power plants. Finally, Asia will be contributing half the world’s greenhouse gases by then, reaping further catastrophic climate change.
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Asia’s soaring energy demands will pose major economic, climate, health risks: Report. Asia is moving along a dangerous path that will threaten its energy security, worsen environmental damages and widen the gap between rich and poor unless the region dramatically changes its course of energy use, the Asian Development Bank said in a report. ClimateWire http://www.eenews.net/public/climatewire/2013/04/10/2