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Climate change: Is there much low-hanging fruit?


Sam Roggeveen


17 December 2007 09:27

University of Queensland economist John Quiggin (who blogs for Crooked Timber and for himself) clearly thinks the Bali climate change declaration was a triumph. And his optimism extends beyond the politics of climate change, arguing that reducing carbon emissions doesn't have to come at the cost of massive lifestyle changes. He says we could reduce emissions up to 75% in various sectors of the economy with fairly minor adjustments.

If that sounds rather comforting, meet Nobuo Tanaka, head of theĀ of the International Energy Agency:

The world needs to build 30 nuclear power stations and the equivalent of two Three Gorges dams every year to prevent dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency has said. It also needs to build 13,000 wind turbines and 40 coal and gas power stations fitted with carbon capture and storage technology each year between 2013 and 2030, the head of the Agency told the climate change conference in Bali.