According to think tank, lowering work hours will increase health of Earth
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2013 -- There is a new research conclusion which states that if humans wish to save the planet, they should stop working so much.
The conclusion comes from the report of a Washington think-tank named the Center of Economic and Policy Research. The report notes that a 0.5% annual reduction in the length of an average workweek would be enough to cut between 8% to 22% of the global warming effect expected to afflict the earth by 2100.
The CEPR is a based in Washington, D.C. and there are still scientists who like to debate the actual effect that work decrease would make any real effect. The CEPR results work on the assumption of a baseline average temperature on earth, which is set to increase by anywhere between 0.75 and 2.34 degrees Celsius within the next century. For some reason, the 0.3% of scientists who believe that global warming is a myth also get a say, despite them being scientists that are essentially avoiding facts unlike how scientists should act.
The group is between 40% and 60% of global warming's impact is locked-in as of now. Put another way, the CEPR believes that only about half of the total impact of global warming can be curbed from this point on. One way the group sees humans being able to positively affect the resulting outcomes is to reduce work hours overall.
"By itself, a combination of shorter workweeks and additional vacation which reduces average annual hours by just 0.5 per cent per year would very likely mitigate one-quarter to one-half, if not more, of any warming which is not yet locked-in," economist David Rosnick says.
The group is part of an advocating movement for the world to move toward a European model of shorter work weeks and more vacation time. Europe currently has 50% less work time as compared to the United States with the same level of output, according to the CEPR.
"The relationship between [work and climate change] is complex and not clearly understood, but it is understandable that lowering levels of consumption, holding everything else constant, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the report reads.
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