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Mar 29, 2019

President Áder tells UN: Paris agreement is in trouble

President Áder said that whereas the global population had grown three and a half times over the past hundred years, the world’s energy consumption had multiplied by ten

President János Áder told a United Nations General Assembly session in New York on Thursday that the “Paris agreement is in trouble”, arguing that harmful emissions globally are higher than ever.

President Áder said that the current demographic boom cannot be reversed, neither can countries abandon economic growth, so changes are needed to achieve the same growth by using less energy and producing less carbon dioxide.

The president highlighted that increasing the share of solar, wind, water and nuclear in the energy mix should be accompanied by new technologies that lower energy demand while cutting emissions of harmful gases.

President Áder said that whereas the global population had grown three and a half times over the past hundred years, the world’s energy consumption had multiplied by ten. “Man is heating up the planet using fossil fuels while overturning an equilibrium of 10,000 years,” Áder said.

Since the Paris Agreement was signed, the world has produced more and more renewable energies, he noted. Still, emissions are again on the increase, especially in the US, China, and India, he said.