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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2019
     
    https://theconversation.com/carbon-emissions-our-research-shows-a-decade-of-steady-decline-across-europe-and-the-us-112389

    "18 countries showed a sustained decline in their carbon emissions from fossil fuel use. This trend is evident in less than 10% of the world’s countries, mostly in the EU, but accounts for 28% of global emissions"

    "a declining share of fossil fuels was responsible for about half of the fall in emissions, with a further third attributable to a decrease in energy use"

    "... consumption in developed economies driving up emissions in industrialising economies ... we found this process had slowed and largely ended prior to 2005, so had no significant effect on our results"
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2019 edited
     
    I guess that's good progress, though this isn't so much:

    "our analysis found that even double digit growth rates for renewables did not make a dent in rising emissions in those countries with rapidly expanding energy systems dominated by fossil fuels as new solar panels or wind turbines were simply being added at the margins."

    Let's hope that quickly changes, now that renewable energy is apparently in a similar price range to fossil fuels (according to the International Renewable Energy Agency's 2017 report https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Renewable-power-generation-costs-in-2017).
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2019
     
    "a declining share of fossil fuels was responsible for about half of the fall in emissions" contradicts something else I saw today - coal burning up 80% worldwide since 2000!
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2019
     
    As usual, any statement can be made by picking a start date and choosing what 100% means.

    It makes it really tricky to compare the different analyses and their summaries.

    And then there are the different ways of accounting for CO2 emissions which can be misleading at best.
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