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Monday, August 6, 2012

IEA Deputy Director: Global warming may lead to ‘Miami Beach in Boston’ without urgent action

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Deputy Executive Director, Ambassador Richard H. Jones has warned that if energy policies do not adapt, enough carbon dioxide will be being emitted to reach 1,000 parts per million in the atmosphere. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that equates to a 6 degrees Celsius – 11 degrees Fahrenheit - increase in temperature by the end of this century.

The IEA’s Deputy Executive Director stressed that there is no single solution that will combat climate disruption and address all of today’s other energy challenges, but that energy efficiency is Job One.  Jones said that over half of all possible reductions in carbon dioxide emissions can be achieved through energy efficiency savings when today’s technologies are applied.

Climate change is happening now, and it’s worse than we thought. Staying the present energy course is not only unsustainable, it is suicidal.

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