Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Predicting the future: Effects of Climate Change and Energy

It is Wednesday and we are half way through this week and I thought I would highlight a few new releases from the federal government on Climate Change and Energy. These are both attempts by the government to predict the future of these issues.

First, let's look at energy. The Department of Energy released today the International Energy Outlook. This report predicts that (baring any radical changes) "world marketed energy consumption is projected to grow by 50 percent over the 2005 to 2030 period" and in that period world carbon dioxide emissions will increase "from 28.1 billion metric tons in 2005 to 34.3 billion metric tons in 2015 and 42.3 billion metric tons in 2030—an increase of 51 percent over the projection period."

That second quote may make you want to go check out the report from the National Intelligence Council on the effect of climate change on national security. The report hasn't been released on their web site, but NPR did manage to get a copy of their statement before Congress today. In it they state in summary that they "judge global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for US national security interests over the next 20 years." This may come in the form of problems in the US, such as increased hurricanes or drought, but also can come from destabilization in countries outside the US due to the effects of climate change.

Want more information? Why not check out the guides to climate change and energy.

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