DEMAND FOR AIR-CONDITIONING RISES IN NOME
Now I'm no environmental expert, so I'll leave the analysis here to those who know something about the science & the geopolitics behind this data. But I will note that the United States -- the third most populated nation on earth, and the clear leader in industrial output -- is not a signatory to the Kyoto Accord.
But we all know that, right.
Well, neither is Australia. And, despite signing the Accord, China & India (those would numbers one & two in population, for those scoring at home, as well as two of the fastest growing economies in the world) are not required to reduce carbon emissions!
Seems to me the shock shouldn't come from the 1.6% increase in greenhouse gases, but from the fact that the numbers aren't worse.