Population gain will offset emissions cuts

October 28, 2011 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article. Please see: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8271479/population-gain-will-offset-emissions-cuts

Population gain will offset emissions cuts

12:49 AEST Mon Jul 11 2011

Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through the carbon tax and other measures will be negated by Australia’s growing population, a sustainable population advocacy group says.

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) says even if the federal government’s emissions targets are met, the benefits will be wiped out before 2020 based on current population growth.

A larger population would have to reduce emissions by 20 per cent, instead of the five per cent required in 2011, to bring the nation’s total emissions back to 2011 targets.

“Reining in population growth is essential if any impact is to be made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” SPA national president Sandra Kanck said.

“While the opponents of a carbon tax will make much of the fact that our electricity prices will rise by around 10 per cent, a much bigger contributor already to electricity prices is population increase.”

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