China - 2 to 52: While China is soon to construct “two new renewable-energy power stations … [a] wind farm in Gansu and wave-power project in Sichuan province … China will continue to open new coal-burning power stations at a rate of more than one a week.”
A glaring emission/omission: According to an analysis by Christian Aid, the UK has been underestimating its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%: “millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases produced by some of the UK's top firms are not being declared.”
The study’s conclusions are stunning: “emissions associated with FTSE 100 company activity worldwide amount to 12 to 15 per cent of the global total. This figure contradicts Tony Blair's claim the UK produces around 2 per cent of the world's carbon emissions.”
The problem at the poles worsens – from not likely to almost unavoidable: “New studies of Greenland and Antarctica have forced a UN expert panel to conclude there is a 50% chance that widespread ice sheet loss ‘may no longer be avoided’ because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
“Such melting would raise sea levels by four to six metres [13 to 19 feet] … would cause ‘major changes in coastline and inundation of low-lying areas’ and require ‘costly and challenging’ efforts to move millions of people and infrastructure from vulnerable areas. The previous official line, issued in 2001, was that the chance of such an event was ‘not well known, but probably very low’.”
Some good news as well: From the Netherlands comes an innovative LED bulb developed by Lemnis Lighting.
“Apparently, this 3.4 watt bulb is a serious replacement for a 40 watt incandescent bulb. The lumens per watt is about equal to a compact fluorescent bulb, but LEDs have a much longer bulb life. It is also more eco-effective when compared to other LED lamps, because the production does not include phosphor.”