Slowdown Seen in Rising CO2 Emissions

Emissions were down overall by 4% in the U.S.

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Carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2012 by less than half the average of the past decade, indicating a step toward a “permanent slowdown” in rising CO2 emissions, according to a report released Thursday.

Emissions rose by 1.4 percent in 2012, down from a 2.9 percent average increase over the last ten years. The drop was partially due to a shift away from fossil fuels, spurred by new developments like the rise of shale gas in the United States and renewable energy use globally. Slower economic growth in places like China and greater energy efficiency also accounted for the drop, according to the report.

The U.S., China, and the European Union remain the largest contributors to emissions, accounting for 55% of the global figure. Emissions growth in China, the world’s largest contributer, was down to 3% from a 10% average over the past decade.

In the U.S., emissions were down overall 4%.

The annual report was published by the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

[BBC]

3 comments
glubber
glubber

This does not help at all!   That is if you believe that CO2 is the big sinner here!? In hat case USA is the biggest contributor.

OutofPlace11
OutofPlace11

That's fantastic news. Now if we can keep the Republican party from down playing the whole global warming problem, we should be a slow track to recovery. Also don't forget to come see the 1st episode of "A Seat on a Train" which released today in honor of this horrific holiday!!! Check it out at www.aseatonatrain.com  If you love "The Twilight Zone" then come take "A Seat on a Train!"