Thursday, 1 October 2009

Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions increasing, not falling

Rather than falling by over 15% since 1990, they actually rose by around 19%.

A study from the Stockholm Environment Institute estimated when embedded emissions are taken into account, the average UK resident pollutes 15 tonnes a year - almost five times more than the average Chinese person at 3.1 tonnes a year.

“The true scale of required emissions reductions in the Western world will be much higher and the impact on economic growth and living standards there will also be more severe than so far believed."

That’s according to the government's new chief energy scientist, Professor David MacKay.

But don’t listen to him. If people like that get their way, we’ll all end up riding around on bicycles.