Record increase in worldwide carbon emissions 23rd December, 2011 Thomas Ridgley
Global carbon emissions increased by 5.9% in 2010 according to new research from an international group of scientists that track emissions.
The study, completed by the Global Carbon Project, found that after decreases in 2008 and 2009 there was a dramatic jump in the amount of carbon emissions produced across the world in 2010.
The largest producer of carbon emissions is China, and in 2010 emissions from the country grew by 10.4%. There was also a 9.4% increase in the emissions created in India, and other countries with notable increases include Japan (6.8%), Russia (5.8%) and the USA (4.1%). In the UK, emissions grew by 3.8%.
The scientists undertaking the study also compared emissions to the levels in 1990 and found that in the last 20 years emissions produced by fossil fuels across the world have increased by 49%.
The research was published in the journal Natural Climate Change and lead author Dr Glen Peters, from the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Norway, said: “Many saw the global financial crisis as an opportunity to move the global economy away from persistent and high emissions growth, but the return to emissions growth in 2010 suggests the opportunity was not exploited.”
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