Carbon emissions hit record high last year, says IEA [News]
By TODAY, 10 Jun 2013.
STOCKHOLM — The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 per cent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the US posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said today (June 10).
In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the Paris-based IEA said top carbon polluter China saw the largest emissions growth last year, up 300 million tons, or 3.8 per cent, from 2011. Still, the increase was among the lowest seen in a decade as China continues to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
US emissions dropped 200 million tons, or 3.8 per cent, in part due to a switch in power generation from coal to gas, while Europe’s emissions declined by 50 million tons, or 1.4 per cent, the IEA said.
The agency said the energy sector accounts for about two-thirds of global emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which scientists say are fueling climate change.
Global climate talks are aimed at keeping the temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels. The IEA found the world’s on track for an increase of 3.6-5.3 C.
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