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World could miss global warming goals: IEA

International Energy Agency urges adoption of clean energy

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IEA calls for cleaner energy sources as nuclear power takes a hit over Fukushima. (Getty Images)
IEA calls for cleaner energy sources as nuclear power takes a hit over Fukushima. (Getty Images)

The International Energy Agency has warned that global warming targets could be missed three times over if countries fail to promote the implementation of clean energy, following rumours of a possible slowdown in atomic power growth, AFP has reported.

With nuclear power generation generally considered to be a clean source of energy compared to the burning of fossil fuels, due to its lack of production of carbon dioxide, a global slowdown in nuclear development following Japan’s recent Fukushima disaster accelerate a rise in global temperatures.

Speaking at the foreign correspondents club in Hong Kong, Richard Jones, the IEA’s deputy head said that the international goals to restrict warming to two degrees Celsius by the end of the century we under threat, commenting: “We are not on the pathway to limit global temperatures. If you miss it by 0.1 degree nobody cares, but the problem is it looks like we are on track for more than a six degree rise. This is serious – we really don’t know what will happen.”

While the agency last year reported that it expected nuclear power generation to increase by 360 gigawatts worldwide by 2035, its chief economist has said that fears over the use of nuclear power could see that figure reduced by as much as 50 per cent.
 

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