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Gore Says Inefficient Building Design Worsens Global Warming
2011-01-06 17:17:21.938 GMT

By Bloomberg News
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Inefficient building design worsens
global warming, causing 40 percent of the climate crisis, former
U.S. Vice President Al Gore said.
"Efficiency is the number one solution," Gore said at The
Global Urban Development forum in Beijing yesterday.
While China has had "unusual success" with its economy
and in accelerating carbon-use reduction, it also faces
emissions problems similar to those of the U.S., because 80
percent of its electricity is supplied by coal.
A global agreement on emission cuts wasn't reached at the
climate summit in December at Cancun, Mexico. China, the world's
biggest power producer, is taking its own measures to reduce its
carbon intensity, the amount of carbon it emits per unit of
gross domestic product. It aims to cut carbon emitted per unit
as much as 45 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels.
China may spend about 5 trillion yuan ($750 billion) in the
next decade developing cleaner energy to reduce emissions from
burning oil and coal, Jiang Bing, head of the National Energy
Administration's planning and development department, said on
July 20.

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