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Climate change action subverted by Norway’s search for oil and gas in the Arctic

Guardian 10th Aug 2017, Norway’s plan to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic threatens
global efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new study.

The research says 12 gigatonnes of carbon could be added by exploration sites
in the Barents Sea and elsewhere over the next 50 years, which is 1.5 times
more than the Norwegian fields currently being tapped or under

The authors of the report from Oil Change International – an
NGO backed by Friends of the Earth, WWF and Greenpeace – say this
undermines the 2015 Paris agreement to cut worldwide emissions in order to
keep the planet’s temperature rise to between 1.5C and 2C.

The report highlights the “cognitive dissonance” between Norway’s progressive domestic
measures to comply with the Paris agreement on emissions cuts and its role
as Europe’s biggest exporter of fossil fuels.


August 12, 2017 - Posted by | ARCTIC, climate change, EUROPE

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