SEARCH BLOG: GLOBAL WARMING
The UN has reached an agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions by 25 - 40% [versus 1990 levels] by 2020.
First, let's point out that the target is only 12 years from now. The image below is a stacked area chart which displays the cumulative levels of CO2 output.
Just so you understand... a 25-40% reduction from 1990 levels would require cutting emissions in half in 12 years... basically shutting down the world's economies.
To be fair, the UN only wants the industrialized economies to cut back that much, so the chart probably overstates the reduction. On the other hand, a large portion of China's contribution to CO2 emissions comes from underground coal fires [not included in the chart below]... which may match U.S. total output. So, it might be reasonable to put more of the onus on China.
Well, for one thing, transportation modes will have to change:
Air conditioning will be replaced by more natural living styles:
Heating will have to be replaced with insulation:
Electricity will have to be used only for essentials such as communication:
Of course, government officials will have to conserve, too... maybe more modest government facilities?
Wait, forget that last one... it will never happen. Just the rest of us will have to change.Just so you are clear on this... the organization that proposed what has become a non-binding target is the same organization that disregarded vast amounts of scientific evidence that CO2 is not a critical element in climate change [note that "global warming" is being replaced by the more nebulous term as it becomes harder to defend the IPCC original positions].
The U.N. has shown repeatedly that it is the safehouse of extremists of all manner... and that little of value has ever come from it...