Briefing and Factsheet

Briefing

Supergrid paves the way for wind power expansion

A supergrid connecting Scandinavia and large parts of western Europe may pave the way for an even faster expansion of off-shore windpower.
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Briefing

Renewable energy can power the world by 2030

Renewable energy sources could produce all the energy the world needs in as little as 20 years from now and at a lower cost than the present energy mix, two American experts claim.
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Factsheet

Island states demand 95 per cent emission cuts

Island states and least developed countries agree: Rich nations have caused the problem, and should cut emissions 95 per cent by 2050.
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Factsheet

Welcome to the world at +4°C

A new map published by the British government presents the likely effects of global warming above the +2° goal - a future that seems impossible to cope with.
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Factsheet

Boreal forest dieback may cause runaway warming

The boreal forests, one of the largest carbon stocks on earth, will not be able to respond to global warming by migrating northwards. Massive forest dieback, causing runaway warming, is a more likely scenario.
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High noon for +2°C
Factsheet

High noon for +2°C

A new AirClim factsheet takes a close look at the +2°C target for global warming. What are the allowed emissions if it is to be met, and how should the burdens be shared? October 2009.
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Briefing

Sustainable Energy Scenarios in Sweden

Sweden can cut greenhouse gas emissions by well over 50 per cent by the year 2020, if results of recent studies for 2050 are “telescoped” into the shorter timeframe, and if the consequences of exported electricity and biomass are accounted for. This could take place without CCS and while much of the nuclear capacity is decommissioned.
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Economic Instruments in Swedish Climate Policy – a success story

In 1991 Sweden introduced a substantial CO2 tax. Though it had many exemptions and was subject to many changes over the years, it did cut emissions. During that time, Sweden also phased out two nuclear reactors.
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Briefing

The Swedish Kyoto target and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions 1990 to 2012

The EU burden sharing agreement in 1997–98 allowed Sweden a plus four per cent GHG target for 1990–2010. This was motivated by Sweden’s supposed plans to phase out nuclear power by 2010, plans that were already abandoned.
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Briefing

Most rich Kyoto countries off track

Many rich countries will not be able to meet their climate commitments through active policy initiatives. Only “hot air” will do the trick.
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