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How to Stop Global Warming - Work Less

Liberal think tank claims American workers should be more European.

  • Shorter hours and more vacations could help the environment
  • Americans can prevent a temperature rise of up to 1.3 degrees by working 0.5 percent less each year

The liberal think tank Center for Economic Policy and Research claims Americans could reduce carbon emissions by working less hours per week and take longer vacations.

If the 'Western European' working model was to be adopted in the US, it could reduce the global temperature rise expected by 2100 with up to 50 percent.

There's a documented link between a shorter work week and lower levels of carbon emissions. 

The research estimates that a change could 'eliminate about one-quarter to one-half' of global warming, which is not already in the atmosphere.  It would have particular effect if adapted by workplaces that consume high levels of energy, such as factories.

So how much less work is recommended?

The study says the 'best case scenario' would start with a 10-hour reduction in 2013, and this number would go up.

Experts of the study say productivity will stay the same if technology improves. 

One possible flaw though...the study does not take into consideration what people would do with the extra leisure time.  If people travel more, that could be a problem too.


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