Population Growth Nixes Sustainable Energy Gains – UN Study

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/

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One Response to Population Growth Nixes Sustainable Energy Gains – UN Study

  1. Here in the U.S. politicians aren’t addressing population control measures at all. Many other countries are not doing so. Will we wake up when it’s too late?
    The following — a bit depressing, but rather insightful — is an (old) set of lyrics (from many years ago that I remember) from the rock group Jethro Tull:

    Wond’ring Again

    There’s the stillness of death on a deathly unliving sea,
    And the motor car magical world long since ceased to be,
    When the Eve-bitten apple returned to destroy the tree.

    Incestuous ancestry’s charabanc ride,
    Spawning new millions throws the world on it’s side.
    Supporting their far-flung illusion, the national curse,
    And those with no sandwiches please get off the bus.

    The excrement bubbles,
    The century’s slime decays
    And the brainwashing government lackeys
    Would have us say
    It’s under control and we’ll soon be on our way
    To a grand year for babies and quiz panel games
    Of the hot hungry millions you’ll be sure to remain.

    The natural resources are dwindling and no one grows old,
    And those with no homes to go to, please dig yourself holes.

    We wandered through quiet lands, felt the first breath of snow.
    Searched for the last pigeon, slate grey I’ve been told.
    Stumbled on a daffodil which she crushed in the rush, heard it sigh,
    And left it to die.
    At once felt remorse and were touched by the loss of our own,
    Held it’s poor broken head in her hands,
    Dropped soft tears in the snow,
    And it’s only the taking that makes you what you are.

    Wond’ring aloud will a son one day be born
    To share in our infancy
    In the child’s path we’ve worn.
    In the aging seclusion of this earth that our birth did surprise
    We’ll open his eyes.

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