Carbon emissions will probably continue to rise for the foreseeable future as developing nations increase their energy consumption.
Roughly speaking, one billion people produce half of the worlds emissions. The next billion only produce a sixth of the global total, but they are progressing towards our standard of living (which would be a roughly 30% increase in the global total). The rest of the world (who produce a small fraction of CO2 per capita compared to the wealthiest nations) also want to progress to the next level and so on...
So please don't talk as if being wealthy and emissions are connected, they're not. It's just the US that's far behind the rest of the civilized world.
For countries in the EU to lower their emissions is really ineffective on a global scale because we hardly matter in the big picture. Sure it might be a nice symbol to the others that are struggling, but it's hardly a big deal here.
Honestly, the most progress can be made in China, the US and India. If they made some serious changes we would be out of this mess in no time.
But I can somewhat understand China and India, because they're still learning what it's like to live in a modern economy. I don't understand the US though, they're a wealthy(up for debate but that's off-topic) and modern nation... why are they more like China and India and not like the EU at all? Do they just have less regulation to keep things in check due to their extreme capitalism and hardly any government control on things?
'Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead
Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers clogged with rotting red
And there they lay I damn me eyes
All lookouts clapped on Paradise
All souls bound just contrarywise, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
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My wife posted a video on FB about this - unfortunately, I can't access FB at work, or I'd link it. But we're pretty much doomed. We either need to completely stop CO2 production yesterday for it to fall naturally back down to safe levels without intervention, or figure out a way to scrub billions of tons of carbon from our atmosphere. (I'm leaning on plants, myself - but we'll probably have to genetically modify them, as current plant forms don't have the ability to absorb that much.)
The primary problem is the atmospheric carbon cycle takes decades to make temperature changes. We've been warned since the 70s, and we're now really starting to feel the effect of the carbon buildup from that time. In the next 20-30 years, it'll continue to ramp up slowly. Like a frog in slowly warming water. Of course, by the time we really start feeling the hurt, it's far too late. Lovely thing about this little problem. People won't care until they're totally unable to do anything about it.
He wasn't a "chinese" IMHO..... like Saddam, Bashar, Kadhafi, Lenine, Staline and every damn fuck dictator with bankster to help them... did I mention Adolf.
This damn " co2 propaganda " began in 1912, when the research for electric motor was thrown to the trash...
One century after, those manufacturers bastards are saying that the characteristics of electric cars could be approximatively the same it was in 1912.