Reducing carbon emissions unlikely in near future: Study
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 18:53
  
Washington: Rising carbon dioxide emissions -- the major cause of global warming -- cannot be stabilised unless the world's economy collapses or society generates 300 gigawatts of nuclear power annually, a new study claimed.

"It looks unlikely that there will be any substantial near-term departure from recently observed acceleration in carbon dioxide emission rates," says a new study by Tim Garrett, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah.

He said, "Stabilisation of carbon dioxide emissions at current rates will require approximately 300 gigawatts of new non-carbon-dioxide-emitting power production capacity annually approximately one new nuclear power plant (or equivalent) per day".

Garrett said, "Physically, there are no other options without killing the economy. If society consumed no energy, civilisation would be worthless".

He treats civilization like a "heat engine" that "consumes energy and does 'work' in the form of economic production, which then spurs it to consume more energy, journal Climatic Change reported.

"If society consumed no energy, civilization would be worthless. It is only by consuming energy that civilization is able to maintain the activities that give it economic value," he added.

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First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 18:53


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