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14 December 2011, Guardian

Finance remained a key mechanism in ensuring that MDG goals were achieved, and Thompson added that governments could not close this gap by themselves and needed support from the private sector. This was further emphasised by deputy head in the office of the chief economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Laura Cozzi, who said that modern energy was critical to social and economic development goals.

13 December 2011, The Australian

Earth could warm by as much as 6 degrees C, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Implementing the Cancun Agreements, negotiated at last years climate meeting, would bring that temperature rise down to 3.5 degrees C. But to hit the 2-degree C target, the energy sector would need to decrease CO2 output after its peak in 2020, explains Laura Cozzi, principal analyst in the office of the chief economist of the IEA. "Oil demand and coal demand will have to go down from current levels."

13 December 2011, Sydney Morning Herald

Finance remained a key mechanism in ensuring that MDG goals were achieved, and Thompson added that governments could not close this gap by themselves and needed support from the private sector. This was further emphasised by deputy head in the office of the chief economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Laura Cozzi, who said that modern energy was critical to social and economic development goals.

12 December 2011, Reuters

Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agencys chief economist has said if new production is not brought on stream, oil prices could reach $150 a barrel within a few years. He said that major Middle East and North African producers would be the overwhelming sources of new supply, but that there were signs that governments were diverting investment away from oil. "So if the investment doesnt come through as much as we expect to see, this may give an additional boost to prices, and according to our analysis, we may see $150 (per barrel) around 2015," Birol said.

12 December 2011, Sydney Morning Herald

International Energy Agency chief economist Dr Fatih Birol said existing emissions were already 80 per cent of the total limit to meet the Copenhagen agreement to reduce global temperatures to 2 degrees. By 2015 existing infrastructure would reach 95 percent of emissions, with 100 per cent totals in 2017. "The door is closing and closing forever," he told the Rio Tinto Energy Exchange in Brisbane this morning."There are some good steps made by counties on the climate change front but compared to the infrastructure already embedded in the energy sector the door to 2 degrees - which is a must for a decent life - is closing forever", Birol said.

12 December 2011, Associated Press

The International Energy Agency yesterday welcomed the agreement by big polluting countries to discuss a new legal instrument to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The talks - if successful - would be concluded by 2015 and the pact would then take effect after 2020. The good news is for the first time, we have a road map that is supported and signed by all the governments, the agencys chief economist, Fatih Birol, said yesterday during a visit to Canberra. Dr Birol said that an international treaty was needed to encourage investment in clean energy technology. He also praised Australias carbon price, as well as that in Europe and also Chinas pilot carbon prices in seven cities and provinces, as steps in the right direction. The agencys World Energy Outlook 2011, which it released last month, concluded that the world had just five years to make urgent and radical policy changes to avoid locking in dangerous climate change.

12 December 2011, Herald Sun, Australia

High oil prices threaten to worsen a global economic slowdown and crude producers should consider boosting output, the chief economist for the International Energy Agency said Wednesday."The current high oil prices have the potential to strangle the economic recovery in many countries," Fatih Birol said in a speech Wednesday in Singapore. "I hope that high oil prices dont slow down Chinese economic growth and the negative effect that would have on the global recovery."

11 December 2011, AMEInfo, United Arab Emirates

A boom in liquefied natural gas exports and growing demand in Asia may pave the way for a trading hub in Singapore and a benchmark price for the fuel, according to the International Energy Agency. “There is a huge, new wave of LNG projects coming to the market,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the Paris-based International Energy Agency said in an interview in the city- state today, citing gas export plans in Australia and Papua New Guinea. “At the same time, we expect substantial growth of demand in Asia,” particularly in China and India, Birol said.

9 December 2011, Times of India

The absence of a global legally binding agreement on climate change, along with a rethink on nuclear energy, risks a failure to arrest catastrophic temperature rises, the International Energy Authoritys chief economist says. IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said the pact agreed in Durban on the weekend was good news because it was supported by and signed by all governments who need to be involved. "However the question mark I have in my mind is I hope it wouldnt leave some of the countries not to act for the next 10 years or act efficiently which would mean closing the door to 2C," Mr Birol told reporters in Canberra today.

9 December 2011, Sveriges Radio, Sweden

“A key battle in the campaign to build an effective system of global rules will shortly take place in Durban, where the UN climate negotiations reopen at the end of this month. The International Energy Agency has set the scene, with the timely warning in its new World Energy Outlook that we are way off track to avoid dangerous climate change, and that the window for effective action is closing fast”, says UK Foreign Offices special representative for climate change John Ashton.