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Comment - Energy and Climate Change

Climate Medley by David Flint

No scoop or new analysis this time but some interesting items.

Shrunken ice
Arctic summer ice has shrunk to the smallest area ever. See the Arctic ice cap from space in 1984 and 2012 at http://tinyurl.com/Arctic-from-space.

US voters
Sixty percent of undecided US voters see climate change as an important issue and want the next President to do more about it. Let's hope Obama is listening; Romney certainly isn't.

Good news
An analysis in the Guardian shows that windpower is already reducing our carbon emissions. The current saving is about six million tons of carbon dioxide per year; that's 4% of the UK's emissions from electricity.

Green warrior?
In June we learnt that IMF chief Christine Lagarde supports green taxes. At last, An IMF policy we can approve of.

Asian view
"Climate change is real and happening, a one degree rise in temperature for Bangladesh equates to a 10% loss of GDP. One event like [Cyclone] Sidr can take 10 to 20 years to recover from and cost us billions of dollars. But we don't see the money coming."
Dipu Moni, foreign minister, Bangladesh, 2012

First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2012

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