Shock Horror, Govt Scientist has revelation!

I am not the only blogger who has commented that when estimating our carbon emmissions we must take into account emmissions that have been generated overseas in manufacturing products that we use.

Go back a few years and the consumer durable that you bought, a TV, computer, clothes etc was almost certainly made in the UK. That TV caused a certain volume of emmissions, both carbon and other pollutants. Now the TV is made in another country, we seem to think the emmissions don’t count!!

CO2, methane or any greenhouse gas along with most pollutants don’t obey national boundaries, it is a global problem!

Briton has a long way to go to get to an 80% (by 2050) or even a 20% reduction by 2020.  Unless Govt start to take it seriously – like when the Nazis were going to invade –  we will fail.

I note that the recent speech by Gordon Brown didn’t mention Climate Change, realistically the only thing of any importance for the next 50 years, and that just days after another relevant science report says we should expect 4 degrees of warming perhaps by 2060 – I’ll be 103!

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One Response

  1. Although it seems far off, I find 2050 a handy date to get to grips with. It’s a date that crops up a lot – as you point out, we are meant to have reduced our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, and similarly the aviation industry is apparently pledging to halve its emissions by that date. For someone my age, it’s within one’s average life expectancy, so a degree of self-interest creeps into it. More significantly, many of the politicians who will have their hands on the steering wheel of state in the next few years can expect to still be alive then, so that might just make them think…Of potential Prime Ministers after Brown, Cameron will turn 84 in 2050, Miliband 85, James Purnell 80, Osborne a mere 79.

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