05 Dec '11, 4pm

2010 saw biggest jump in global CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution

2010 saw biggest jump in global CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution

Libelul via Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions jumped 5.9% last year, according to the Global Carbon Project. Yes, a record amount of CO2--500 million tons more than the year before--was loosed into the atmosphere in 2010. As the New York Times put it, it "was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003." This, of course, comes right on the heels of lower-than-usual emissions in 2009 (which fell worldwide by 1.4%), which was due to the worldwide economic contraction. A few onlookers ventured murmurs that perhaps the recession would recalibrate the greenhouse gas emissions/economic growth coupling, or at least slow the ever-ascendant global emissions trajectory for a few years. Alas, it was not to be. With industry again revving back up to pre-recession output, we...

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