InterAcademy Council · 2007

Lighting the way: Toward a sustainable energy future

As recognized in 1997 by the Kyoto Protocol, achieving a sustainable energy future presents an urgent challenge for the 21st century. Current patterns of energy resources and energy usage are proving detrimental to the long-term welfare of humanity. The integrity of essential natural systems is already at risk from climate change caused by the atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases. At the same time, basic energy services are currently unavailable to a third of the world’s people, and more energy will be essential for equitable, worldwide sustainable development. The national and global energy security risks are further exacerbated by an escalating energy cost and by the competition for unevenly distributed energy resources.

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