Thursday, March 5, 2009

Reduce consumption says head of IPCC

The 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued last year, highlights "the importance of lifestyle changes," said Rajendra Pachauri [head of the IPCC] at a press conference in Paris. "This is something that the IPCC was afraid to say earlier, but now we have said it....tame carnivorous impulses". Don't buy things "simply because they're available..." [*]

Also some excerpts from the State of the World 2009 report:
** Approximately two-thirds of the energy fed into the world's power plants is wasted-released into the environment as heat. (p. 142)

** it is technically and economically feasible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough .

** The process of tilling soil releases CO2 into the atmosphere.

** Perennial crops store more carbon in the soil than annually planted ones.

The report can be downloaded here.

[*] Lifestyle changes can curb climate change: IPCC chief
Jan 15, 2008


Anonymous said...

according to michael kinsley a highly published and well respected pundit (these are viewed as higher than nobel econ laureates) actually the problem is to increase demand. wallmart.

Myrtle Blackwood said...

Is Kinsley saying that increased consumption will reverse abrupt climate change?