Thursday, June 25, 2015

Planet Saved, Mission Accomplished

CO2 emissions have flatlined for the first time in four decades even as the world economy grows, according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The change is attributed (rather implausibly to the Bear's simple ursine mind) to increased reliance on wind and solar energy. REN21 is a UN-Euro green outfit that issues reports and whatnot.

In any case, this is a good fact to know and share. You could work it into discussions like so. "What do you mean? During the year 2014 to 2015 CO2 emissions were actually flat for the first time in forty years! That's right out of the UN's own REN21 report!"

The Bear is so relieved! Now Pope Francis can get back to all that Catholic stuff.

In a related story, Harvard astronomers were alerted to a little-noticed passage in the Pope's green encyclical in which he declared Pluto a planet once again. They quickly reinstated the diminutive planet at the edge of solar system to bring astronomy back in line with the Pope's understanding.

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