25 May '12, 6am

Global CO2 Emissions Reach Record-High, Driven by Fossil Fuel Use in Rapidly Industrializing Nations

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise despite best efforts to date to curtail them. CO2 emissions reached a record-high 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency, a 1 Gt, 3.2% year-over-year increase. Increasing fossil fuel use, driven primarily by growing demand in rapidly industrializing countries such as China and India is fueling the rise. Coal accounted for 45% of total energy-related CO2 emissions worldwide last year, followed by oil at 35% and natural gas accounting for 20%, the IEA reported . CO2 Emissions: Reaching a Tipping Point At 31.6 Gt per year and rising, global CO2 emissions are just 1% below and fast approaching the 2017 32.6 Gt level the IEA has determined is consistent with a 50% chance of limiting an average global temperature increase to 2°C. That, according to climate scient...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/25/global-co2-emissions-...

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