TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions will rise by 0.9 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2011 from levels in 1990, clouding its prospects of meeting its Kyoto Protocol target, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
While emissions from industry are expected to fall by 9 percent, those from households are likely to rise 13-16 percent and from offices by 29-31 percent, the Nikkei business daily said, citing a government report due out this week.
The figures mean Japan's emissions are likely to rise 0.9-2.1 percent from 1990, requiring it to cut emissions by more than an additional 20 million tons to meet its Kyoto Protocol target, the newspaper said.
It was apparent a couple years ago that Japan would likely (not definitely) miss their targets based on domestic action alone. That miss was one of the uncertainties in CDM prices and availability. That's not really news.
Our efforts really matter not, unless everyone is on the same side.
Why does anyone think like this? It's like feeling justified stealing because you know others are doing the same. What a crock. Of course there's no use trying to reduce emissions to a target if we can't meet it... What bullshit.