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Development figures.

September 30, 2008

On Monday morning I happened to see part of The Tällberg Conference on Climate and the Future on TV. Prominent persons from all over the world testified about the need for change. I felt good having started this blog.


I checked some world statistics. The World Bank is a good source.


Some figures for year              2000             2005:


Population, millions                 6076             6461

Cultivated land, %                     37.5              37.5

Energy use, kg oil eq/cap          1672             1786

Electricity use, kWh/cap            2389             2678


The population increases. Cultivated area is constant. But the energy use increases, also per capita. As such this is positive, it shows an development. But it seems evident that these trends cannot continue for long. The energy use has increased 14% in 5 years. And we talk about saving energy resources.

It is necessary to use resources more efficiently. It can be called “decoupling”, or increased ecological efficiency.