Technological Responses to Climate Change in the Energy Sector

Technological Responses to Climate Change in the Energy Sector TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO C LIMATE CHANGE IN THE E NERGY SECTOR Freund, P aul IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, United Kingdom info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION Increasing concentrations of C O and other g reenhouse gases in t he Earth’s atmosphere are enhancing the natural gr eenhouse gas effect, le ading to changes in th e climate. The d irect c onsequences of c limate change will b e found i n r ising temperatures (especially in h igh la titudes ), changes in p recipitation, r ising s ea-levels as well as more f requent e xtreme weather events. As a result there will b e changes in agriculture, i ncreased flooding o f l ow-lying ar eas and possibly large reductions in biodiversity. T he i mpacts of c limate change on human welfare are likely to b e more severe in de veloping countries because the richer n ations will h ave more r esources available for ad aption. Global use of f ossil fuel c urrently r esults in e missions of 2 4 Gt/y of C O to the atmosphere. Human-induced land use changes and deforestation are also helping to increase the concentration of C O http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Technological Responses to Climate Change in the Energy Sector

Energy & Environment , Volume 13 (4-5): 20 – Sep 1, 2002

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2048-4070
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10.1260/095830502320939651
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TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO C LIMATE CHANGE IN THE E NERGY SECTOR Freund, P aul IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, United Kingdom info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION Increasing concentrations of C O and other g reenhouse gases in t he Earth’s atmosphere are enhancing the natural gr eenhouse gas effect, le ading to changes in th e climate. The d irect c onsequences of c limate change will b e found i n r ising temperatures (especially in h igh la titudes ), changes in p recipitation, r ising s ea-levels as well as more f requent e xtreme weather events. As a result there will b e changes in agriculture, i ncreased flooding o f l ow-lying ar eas and possibly large reductions in biodiversity. T he i mpacts of c limate change on human welfare are likely to b e more severe in de veloping countries because the richer n ations will h ave more r esources available for ad aption. Global use of f ossil fuel c urrently r esults in e missions of 2 4 Gt/y of C O to the atmosphere. Human-induced land use changes and deforestation are also helping to increase the concentration of C O

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