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Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity's Onslaught on the Climate?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo*

18 March, 2015 — Reports that the growth in carbon pollution paused last year should give heart to climate campaigners and clean energy investors around the world. The figures, from the International Energy Agency, no less, will come as a cold shower to those who still believe that burning fossil fuels is inextricably bound to economic growth.

Photo: Ferina Natasya/Greenpeace

Photo credit: Ferina Natasya/Greenpeace

For the first time in 40 years, global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector did not increase. During 2014, the global economy grew by 3 percent but emissions remained at 2013 levels.

“This is a real surprise. We have never seen this before”, IEA chief economist Fatih Birol was reported as saying.

Whether a blip or a tipping point, it is an indication that renewable energy and energy efficiency are becoming serious game-changers.

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