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If you would like an idea of the place present earth technological know-how learn is heading. however the first bankruptcy on assessing the hazards of no longer addressing carbon emissions is well worth the cost of admission.

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2001) CO2 abatement policy with learning-by-doing in renewable energy. Resource and Energy Economics 23, 297–325. , Sokolov, A. & Wang, C. (1999) Multi-gas assessment of the Kyoto protocol. Nature 401, 549–555. Scottish Executive (2001) Scotland’s Renewable Resource 2001 — Executive Summary. Scottish Executive, UK. Smith, K. , Kishore, V. V. , Zhang, J. , Joshi, V. & Khalil, M. A. K. (2000) Greenhouse implications of household stoves: An analysis for India. Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 25, 741–763 May 17, 2007 23:23 WSPC/SPI-B424 From Earthquakes to Global Warming The Price of Climate Change ch01 23 Stott, P.

How much GHG do most of us produce in a lifetime? Can we easily make large reductions? And, if so, will these reductions cost us money? Two theoretical Londoners, one who lives a comparatively ‘GHG ignorant’ life, and the other who lives a more ‘GHG aware’ life are compared. 2. The Rise and Fall of Mitigation Costs In 1997 over 160 nations came together in Japan to discuss the intensifying problem of climate change and the burgeoning greenhouse gas emissions apparently to blame. The result of this was the Kyoto Protocol — a set of emission targets for developed-world nations designed to cut global GHG emissions by over 5% compared to emissions in 1990.

Given such uncertainty, both the environmental lobby and the oil lobby can use economic arguments to justify their differing stance on climate change mitigation. Existing cost-benefit analyses of greenhouse gas reduction policies are examined, with a view to establishing whether any such global reductions are currently worthwhile. The potential for, and costs of, cutting our own individual greenhouse gas emissions is also assessed. I find that a host of abatement strategies are able to deliver significant emission reductions at little or no net cost when the full economic impacts of climate change are considered.

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