Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Climate Change: Geothermal Energy has Advantages in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation - Report

UN Report Led by F&ES Professor Takes Global View Of ‘Green Energy Choices’ (Yale F&ES)

Finding the right mix of green energy technologies for generating electricity will be crucial in reducing the global impact of pollution for the next generation, according to a United Nations report led by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) Professor Edgar Hertwich.

Without such efforts by policy makers worldwide, the report warns, greenhouse gas emissions may double by the year 2050. The report is being released as leaders from nearly 200 countries gather in Paris to discuss a possible agreement on limiting carbon emissions.

Green Energy Choices: The Benefits, Risks, and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production,” is a comprehensive comparison of the greenhouse gas mitigation potential for a number of alternative energy methods — including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro. The International Resource Panel produced the report for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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