Radio about Global warming
November 26 Global Low Carbon Development
PwC Accountants released their “Global Low Carbon Economy Report” in November, 2016, and the results were even more optimistic than expected. Compared with 2015, global economy generated carbon dioxide emissions declined by 2.8%, as measured by “US dollar equivalents of production value related to carbon emissions”. From the industrial and economic development perspective, last year energy usage declined by 1.8%, with decline in fossil fuel consumption, and increase of .7% in clean natural gas use, and 17% increase in wind power and 23% increase in solar power. If the entire world will continue at these rates, then it will be possible to keep greenhouse gas induced global warming to within 2 degrees Celsius of the pre-Industrial Revolution era. Such a result is much more optimistic than the general public holds, and will mean the United Nations objectives will not be empty slogans.
Using carbon intensity measured by “greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit”, in 2015 the world’s largest carbon intensity was from China, with a 6.4% decline in emissions per unit (US$1), while the UK was second with a 6.05% decline, followed by the US at 4.7%, and South Africa and Mexico tied at 4.5%. These results indicate: 1. The public need no longer doubt other nation’s commitments to attainable results, as these level of reductions were achievable and realistic. 2. The common conception that the major advanced economies had already made significant achievements in carbon reductions and had limits to the contributions they could make, have been proven wrong, as the UK is the world’s second leader in carbon intensity progress. 3. Moreover, even developing economies like South Africa and Mexico are global leaders in carbon intensity success, fulfilling their carbon reduction commitments and responsibilities.