The latest analysis by the respected International Energy Agency, entitled, Redrawing the Climate Map, warns that we are dangerously close to surpassing a temperature rise of 4 degrees Fahrenheit, and on a path toward a catastrophic10-degree Fahrenheit rise in the coming decades, reports Stephen Lacey at GreenTech Media. But as the report also points out, there are still some pretty simple measures the world can take to stabilize emissions. Forget a global climate deal, massive deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies, or hacking the planet with geoengineering. Some of the most effective tools are vastly more simple, and involve efficiency. According to the agency, half of the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions needed to stabilize global temperature rise at 4 degrees Fahrenheit comes from energy efficiency measures like building performance standards, equipment and appliance standards, and mileage standards for automobiles. It highlights three extraordinarily simple policies that could be implemented quickly without economic harm: 1) Make industrial motors in India and China more efficient; 2) Adopt better standards for China’s heating and cooling systems; and 3) Tighten appliance and lighting standards around the world.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
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