A global warming target could be missed three times over if countries fail to promote clean energy, the International Energy Agency warned Thursday, amid a possible slowdown in atomic power growth.
Nuclear fuel does not emit carbon dioxide, making it a serious option for “clean energy” proponents over fossil fuels, but governments around the world have turned more cautious on it in the wake of the Fukushima crisis in Japan.
The IEA’s deputy head Richard Jones however cautioned that global warming could accelerate much faster and lead to catastrophic consequences if the international community fails to adopt a more aggressive clean energy policy.
“We are not on the pathway to limit global temperatures,” he said, referring to an international goal to restrict warming to two degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
The target was set by countries at the Cancun meeting in December 2010.