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Thursday, 3 March 2011

How would you meet energy demands and reduce carbon emissions by 2050?

To meet its climate change targets, the UK aims to reduce its co2 emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by the year 2050. But how to achieve such a large reduction?

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has produced a new interactive online modelling tool My 2050.

Users can decide what needs to be done - should we have more nuclear power, more electric cars, reduce temperatures at home?

Have a go on the model and try out your ideas for reducing emissions. It's not easy to meet the 80% target!
The graphics are very good - watch them change as you alter supply and demand for energy.
Click on 'Find out more about the sliders' for information about energy and climate change.

Let me know what you think of it. What is your country doing about emissions? Do you know of any similar models or online activities?

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