Azara Blog: Asia's greenhouse gas emissions will increase

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Date published: 2006/12/14

The BBC says:

Asia's greenhouse gas emissions will treble over the next 25 years, according to a report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The report provides detailed analysis of the link between transport and climate change in Asia.

It says that its estimate of future levels of greenhouse gas could even be an optimistic assessment.

Air pollution and congestion will seriously hamper the ability to move people and goods effectively, it warns.

The report, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: Considerations for On-Road Transport in Asia, says that Asia currently has low levels of personal motorized transport, which in many cases are motorcycles.

But it says that these levels are likely to increase significantly as incomes in these countries grows and the urban population becomes bigger.

The report points out that China is already the world's fourth largest economy, and the number of cars and utility vehicles could increase by 15 times more than present levels to more than 190 million vehicles over the next 30 years.

In India, traffic growth is likely to increase by similar levels over the same time period, the report says.

Nothing new here, is anybody supposed to be surprised by any of this? The ruling elite in some of Europe (in particular, the UK) have already decided that the workers should be forced out of their cars, and no doubt the ruling elite in Asia will follow suit soon enough, egged on by these kinds of reports from the comfortable rich (who of course all drive cars or get driven everywhere, and will continue to do so).

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