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Greater energy consumption accelerates climate change but climate change also accelerates energy consumption. That’s according to a recent paper by Bas J. van Ruijven, Enrica De Cian, and Ian Sue Wing, that suggests southern regions of the US, China, and Europe, will see an additional 25% energy consumption due to climate change alone. That’s 25% on top of energy demand increases from population growth, industrial expansion, and other socio-economic factors. “Future energy demand is likely to increase due to climate change, but the magnitude depends on many interacting sources of uncertainty,” begins the paper - Amplification of Future Energy Demand Growth due to Climate Change - published in Nature Journal. “Energy use is one of the human systems most directly exposed to changes in the climate. Rising ambient temperatures are expected to increase hot season cooling demand and could decrease cold season heating demand across multiple economic sectors,” it concludes across 210 realizations of socioeconomic […]

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