New research shows record high for global carbon emissions

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Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA).


The 2.6 per cent rise projected for 2012 means global from burning fossil fuel are 58 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the .

This latest analysis by the Project is published today in the journal Nature Climate Change with full data released simultaneously by the journal Data Discussions.

It shows the biggest contributors to in 2011 were China (28 per cent), the United States (16 per cent), the European Union (11 per cent), and India (7 per cent).

Emissions in China and India grew by 9.9 and 7.5 per cent in 2011, while those of the United States and the European Union decreased by 1.8 and 2.8 per cent.

Emissions per person in China of 6.6 tonnes of CO2 were nearly as high as those of the European Union (7.3), but still below the 17.2 tonnes of carbon used in the United States. Emissions in India were lower at 1.8 tonnes of carbon per person.

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor at UEA, led the publication of the data. She said: “These latest figures come amidst in Doha. But with emissions continuing to grow, it’s as if no-one is listening to the entire scientific community.”

The 2012 rise further opens the gap between real-world emissions and those required to keep global warming below the international target of two degrees.

“I am worried that the risks of dangerous climate change are too high on our current emissions trajectory. We need a radical plan,” added Prof Corinne Le Quéré.

The analysis published in Nature shows significant emission reductions are needed by 2020 to keep two degrees as a feasible goal.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Some of the know-all, know-nothing deniers, still don’t “get evolution” after 150 years! I hope the brainless, Luddite, climate-change deniers can be shifted out of the way quicker than that! 

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    aren’t those towers in the picture emitting steam?  why does it say they’re putting out smoke?

    I think it is mainly steam, but it looks like black smoke at the bottom edge of the cloud. 

  3. So is it smoke or steam?  How does that picture have anything to do with global warming?

    I think it is just a picture selected to go with the article.  If it is a coal-burning plant, the steam will have been generated by producing CO2 in combustion.  The telling part is the text under the picture (below).

    Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-12-h

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