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.