31 May '11, 7am

IEA: New estimates show greenhouse gas emissions from global energy generation reached record highs in 2010

IEA: New estimates show greenhouse gas emissions from global energy generation reached record highs in 2010

The International Energy Agency has issued new estimates that show greenhouse gas emissions from global energy generation reached record highs in 2010. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 reached 30.6 Gigatonnes (Gt), a 5% jump from the previous record year in 2008. 2009 saw a decline in emissions due to the global economic recession, though that effect now seems short-lived. The Guardian quotes noted climate scientist Lord Stern of the London School of Economics: "These figures indicate that [emissions] are now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path." Eighty percent of projected emissions from energy in 2020 come from power plants around the world that are either already in operation or are under construction, indicating that our energy path is virtually locked into place. In 2010, 44% of the estimated CO2 emissions came from coal, 36% from oil and ...

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