Comment: Time for a green industrial revolution

Submitted by Charles Frost on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 20:47.

The global economic downturn is an opportunity to invest in green tech while costs are lower

  • There was a good article, including a video interview,  posted in new Scientist on Climate Change, and the potential opportunities that it presents. 

    Here is a excerpt:

    21 January 2009 by Nicholas Stern

    AS THE world faces up to the worst global financial crisis since the 1930s, the economic case for tackling the global climate crisis is more compelling than ever. Fortunately, our ability to respond has also increased as we embark upon a technological revolution that will drive sustainable growth and development of a low-carbon global economy.

    Since my colleagues and I published the Stern Review on the economics of climate change in 2006, it has become apparent that the risks and potential costs are even greater than we originally recognised. Global emissions of greenhouse gases are growing more quickly than projected, the ability of the planet to absorb those gases now appears lower than was assumed, the potential increases in temperatures due to rising gas concentrations seem higher, and the physical impacts of a warming planet are appearing at a faster rate than expected.

    So, whereas our review recommended that atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases should be stabilised within a range of 450 to 550 parts per million of carbon dioxide-equivalent, it now seems that our target should not exceed 500 ppm. That's if we are to keep down the risks of potentially catastrophic impacts which could result from average global temperatures rising 4 °C or more above pre-industrial levels. Over the longer term, it is important to limit concentrations more tightly still.

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    From issue 2692 of New Scientist magazine, page 26-27. 

    (Cross Posted At GCBL)