Global CO2 emissions up 2.5 per cent in 2014

Global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are projected to rise by 2.5 per cent in 2014, according to research by the Global Carbon Project. That is 65 per cent above 1990 levels, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol, and will lead to record-high emissions of 40 billion tonnes. 

In 2013, China’s CO2 emissions grew by 4.2 per cent, the USA’s grew by 2.9 per cent, and India’s emissions grew by 5.1 per cent. The EU has decreased its emissions by 1.8 per cent, though it continues to export a third of its emissions to China and other producers through imported goods and services.

Source: Tyndall Centre, 22 September 2014 

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