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I think this is just a case of less economic growth ==> fewer emissions. But the 50% reduction seems a bit much.

How to stop global warming - work less
The U.S. should adapt to a European model in the workplace in order to halt global warming, a study says. By working less hours per week and take longer vacations the American people could reduce carbon emissions, think tank Center for Economic Policy and Research claim. If the ‘Western European’ working model was to be adopted in the U.S., it could reduce up to 50 per cent of the addressable global temperature rise expected by 2100....

As productivity grows in western civilisations, as well as developing countries, the study analyses the gains from the resulting increase in consumption versus the possible loss as a result of fewer working hours....The research paper estimates that a change could ‘eliminate about one-quarter to one-half’ of global warming which is not already in the atmosphere, and would have particular effect if adapted by workplaces that consume high levels of energy, such as factories....

‘The relationship between [shorter work and lower emissions] 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 study’s author, economist David Rosnick, writes....However the study does not take into consideration what people would do with the increased leisure time, and although it says fewer working hours will help, it could be cancelled out if it would mean an increase in holidays with extensive travelling.

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