• Climate battle needs ‘massive decarbonisation’ but could bring ‘substantial benefits’

    An intense programme of 'Green Growth' would bring substantial benefits, according to the World Energy Outlook's 2009 report. It says the global financial crisis has stopped the rise in fossil-energy use, but only temporarily and the long-term growth will resume soon.

    It says the world is on course for a 6C rise in temperatures with rising energy costs, but that a 2C rise is possible but only with a massive decarbonisation of the energy system that would require big emission reductions in all regions.