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I was sat reading the newspaper on Saturday, the UK’s Guradian, which I chose to buy because it had a free offer my wife would appreciate, when I read an article on action in the USA to stymie energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction measures.
Recently I wrote a post based on what one of our U.S. Enigin Partners had sent through to me regarding the challenges in the States from politicians to sustainability efforts – the Guardian article is moving the story on a little further.
The original story appeared on the Guardian blog on Friday, written by Suzanne Goldenberg, the paper’s US environment correspondent and should be of great interest to not only the population of the states, but in fact the global community.
An Enigin Partner in the USA, emailed me recently as he wanted me to post an article on the Enigin News Feed system about the challenge enlightened people face with regard to climate change and the environment.
It does appear to me to be a very polarized political matter in the US – the right hate any mention of climate change while the lefts, of course, take up the opposite view and wish to act – surely the matter is of such importance that a consensus on action being taken should be accepted. The extent of and timing of action then comes into debate, but without a lot of difference – which appears to be the case for most other countries.
Here is the report that Rob wanted to share – from The Hill:
Despite not agreeing legally binding commitments to reduce emissions, the Cancun conference does give more momentum to global, regional and local efforts to address climate change. As a result, the creation of incentives, penalties and trading arrangements in various forms in different markets becomes more likely. The UK’s Carbon Trust have produced this interesting posting.
The outcome of the conference reinforces our view that businesses should proactively address the business opportunities and risks around climate change to maximise shareholder returns.
» Read more: Cancun’s Conference – How Businesses Affected
The UK paper The Guardian carried a great article by Vinod Thomas, director-general, evaluation, World Bank Group, and Kenneth Chomitz, a senior adviser with the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, with the byline of highlighting the barriers to the Cancun Climate Change summit to progress to action.
Often these “Myths” are used to falter and slow down climate change actions and laws.
Please enjoy the article and consider the impact those in the energy saving industry can in the battle against climate change.
Four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change
Myth No 1: Energy efficiency can’t meet energy needs
Energy efficiency doesn’t get enough respect. “You can’t grow with energy efficiency,” say fans of flashy new power plants, “and you can’t provide energy access to the poor.” Untrue, because people don’t really care about energy, but rather about the light, heat, and transport that it animates. Energy efficiency can provide these services cheaper, faster, and with less environmental damage than new generation.
Indeed, we find that many kinds of energy efficiency offer economic returns that dwarf those of most other development projects. In Ethiopia, for instance, a $5m scheme to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs obviated the need to spend $100m to lease and fuel diesel power plants. Vietnam, too, has met rapidly growing demand for energy in part through efficiency investments. Promoting energy efficiency right now helps defer the need to build long-lived fossil fuel plants, buying time for wind and solar power to become more cost-competitive.
The BBC website (www.bbc.co.uk) recently had a fascinating article about the cost of climate change and the environmental damage caused by man. The article written by Richard Anderson the Business reporter for BBC News make for uncomfortable reading. Here it is:
Nature’s sting: The real cost of damaging Planet Earth
By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News
You don’t have to be an environmentalist to care about protecting the Earth’s wildlife.
We have all been encouraged to switch off – lights, televisions at the mains and don’t forget the computer, use the clothes line rather than a dryer and run the washing machine of a cooler setting. All great advice and we have been having a far bigger impact than we realised, according to a new study by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change looking at calculations used by the UK government.
UK government advisors have been estimating CO2 emission savings through energy efficiencies but their figures maybe as much as 60 per cent too low – meaning we save more than they have estimated.
The problem has been the vagaries in how power is generated. Power stations that burn fossil fuels produced higher emissions than nuclear or clean energy such as wind power. Generally only fossil duel fed power stations can react instantly to varying demand.
» Read more: Your Energy Saving Could Be Doing Good More Than You Thought
ISLAND nations in the Pacific nations liken global warming to an invading army – hence in a plea to the UN Security Council they want to break the stalemate in negotiations about a legally binding global climate treaty.
The 11 nations, the Pacific Small Island Developing States, have written to members of the Security Council, which oversees threats to international peace and security, and have argued that the threat to them from a warmer world along with rising sea levels is similar to armed conflict and invasion.
Copenhagen will be holding the UN Climate Change Conference in December. Many feel this be the ultimate, last-chance gathering to interrupt the progression of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
If so, regardless of the financial prejudice involved, failure to cooperate and agree to compromise will mean a depressing future for our planet and its population. Wealthier nations, such as the US (who didn’t sign the Kyoto accord back in 1997 fearing their economy would suffer), have demonstrated reluctance to cut carbon emissions to avoid the financial contributions entailed.
Unfortunately, until the US decides to sign up to targets, the rest of the world will be unwilling to do so. An example needs to be set, and time is running short.
YouTube have produced their own video encouraging everyone to raise their voice over climate change.
Here is the YouTube blurb accompanying the video -
Bring your voice to the world leaders at COP15 – the most important conference on climate change in a decade.
As nations seek an agreement to protect the world we want your views from all across the world.
Watch the video below