Poverty and CO2

An interesting post from Roger Pielke, Jr., who opens the 2011 Illahee Lectures on February 3, argues that CO2 emissions are only part of the picture when we look at de-carbonizing the global economy. We need to look at CO2 per unit GDP.

Pielke also says that reducing emissions at the expense of economic growth is a non-starter. But some ecological economists believe that we’re entering an era of zero growth. We’ll see.  But if we are indeed entering such a dismal era, that’s especially bad news for the world’s poor.

And a surprise to millions who have risen out of poverty in the last two decades. In a related post, Pilke cites evidence  here that we may be on track to achieving significant poverty reduction.


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