Energy Consequences for Environment

Jan-Erik Lane


The beginnings of this century sets up the dilemma of more energy or betterment of the environment. If “energy” is the capacity to do work, as often said, then it can be made profitable. If protecting the ecology of Earth is what the COP reunions of the UN aim at, then it is hardly a surprise that China and India reneged against the original formulation of phasing out coal power. Both countries use a lot of coal plants to get cheap energy for rapid economic development. This is dismal fact for COP endeavours. The efforts of the UN to create global ecology coordination will be harmed by the war in Ukraine, but how realistic is the 1.5 temperature goal anyhow?

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