Wind power increased by 22% globally in 1994, one of the few positive environmental signs, says a new report. "Vital Signs 1995" by the Worldwatch Institute in the US says wind generation capacity has increased form near zero to nearly 4000 MW since 1980. But on balance, environmental trends in 1994 were negative, with factors such as global warming, higher worldwide population, and increased cigarette production. The average temperature rose from 15.20 to 15.32 degrees Celsius in 1994, making it the fifth warmest year on record along with 1987, states the report, released in late May. The ten warmest years since records began in 1860 have all been since 1980, it says. Positive trends apart from wind power are a boom in solar energy and further declines in chlorofluorocarbons, an ozone-depleting gas. "The gap between what we ought to be doing to develop an environmentally sensitive economy and what we are doing widened again in 1994."
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol