New Study Predicts Global Emissions Will Rise 3% Annually
Global emissions dropped in 2009 as a result of the economic recession; however, a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience says emissions are on track to rise 3% per year.
The study's analysis found that global emissions from fossil fuels dropped 1.3% in 2009, far below what experts predicted. The research also highlights a new dichotomy in emissions production: many developed countries are seeing a dip in emissions, while developing nations' emissions are rising steadily.
Major industrialized economies like Japan, England, and Germany all saw significant drops in carbon emissions last year. Japan's dropped 11.8%, England's 8.6%, Germany's 7%, and the United States' 7%. Meanwhile the two largest developing economies, China and India saw their emissions rise markedly. China's increased 8%, while India's grew 6.2%.
Dr. Pierre Friedlingstein, the study's lead researcher says 2009's emissions drop was a tiny blip on the radar: "What we find is a drop in emissions from fossil fuels in 2009 of 1.3%, which is not dramatic. If you think about it, it's like four days' worth of emissions; it's peanuts."
Read the full story at the BBC: 2009 carbon emissions fall smaller than expected
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