Attempts to stop catastrophic climate change are futile, says UN report

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Anti-emissions policies adopted by world governments are decreasing the amount of harmful gas emitted in some countries, but the report warns it’s not enough when developing nations produce more gases than limited political controls can remove. Emissions in most Western countries are falling as economies find new sources of electricity, but the drop is being counter-balanced by the construction of new power plants and factories in developing countries such as China. The scale of industrialization means that despite political efforts, the rate of emissions is growing. Between 1970 and 2000, global emissions of greenhouse gases rose 1.3 percent year on year. Between 2000 and 2010, as China grew in economic stature, that rate jumped to 2.2 percent a year…

How do we get inexpensive alternative energies into the hands of developing Eastern countries? Or is it just a matter of educating policymakers? How do we enforce Corporate Social Responsibility across all governments, as well as businesses?

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