25 May '12, 11am

IEA warns time is running out to prevent catastrophic climate change

The world has nearly run out of time to prevent a global temperature rise of 2°C, according to new figures by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that reveal the global energy industry produced record high carbon emissions last year. The IEA yesterday published a report showing CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel combustion hit 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, just 1Gt below the threshold that scientists say could give the world a 50 per cent chance of preventing a 2°C global temperature rise. FURTHER READING EU moves to sink shipping sulphur emissions Small emitters could opt out of EU carbon scheme from 2013 Large numbers of climate scientists are concerned that temperature increases of above 2°C could trigger runaway climate change whereby natural carbon sinks such as permafrost and the Amazon Rainforest start to release greenhouse gas emissions. The IEA's so-called 450 Scena...

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