The world has made important progress towards improving energy efficiency, using more renewable sources of power and providing basic electricity to every household over the last two decades, but the gains have barely been enough to keep up with population growth and surging energy demand and are far short of what is needed to curb climate change, a new UN-backed energy report suggests, reports Laurie Goering at Reuters News. In the last 10 years, 1.7 billion people around the world gained access to electricity. But the world’s population grew by almost that much over the same period, nearly wiping out the gains. Similarly, rising energy demand effectively eliminated half the energy efficiency savings and 70 percent of the gains from growth in renewable energy over the past decade. “Even to stand still, we have to run extremely fast. That’s the challenge,” said Vivien Foster, a lead author of the new Global Tracking Framework report. Access to clean and sustainable energy remains an enormous problem around the world, but this won’t be solved until we bring our populations to sustainable levels.
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Population growth erodes sustainable energy gains – UN report. The world has made important progress towards improving energy efficiency, using more renewable sources of power and providing basic electricity to every household over the last two decades. But the gains have barely been enough to keep up with population growth. Reuters http://www.trust.org/item/20130531145822-jlky7/