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How to avert the apocalypse? Take lessons from Costa Rica

07.10.2017
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Chasing economic growth gains us nothing but global warming. We should follow the lead of tiny Costa Rica, where life expectancy is soaringEarlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper's authors, is that the cuts we're making to greenhouse gas emissions are being cancelled out by economic growth. In the coming decades, we'll be able to reduce the carbon intensity of the global economy by about 1.9% per year, if we make heavy investments in clean energy and efficient technology. That's a lot. But as long as the economy keeps growing by more than that, total emissions are still going to rise. Right now we're ratcheting up global GDP by 3% per year, which means we're headed for trouble. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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