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Global Carbon Emissions Climbed to a Record Last Year, IWR Says

November 13, 2012

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels rose 2.5 percent to a record last year on surging pollution in China, Germany’s IWR research institude said.

Worldwide emissions rose 834 million metric tons to 33.99 billion tons, IWR said today on its website. China’s releases of the greenhouse gas climbed 6.5 percent, offsetting declines in the U.S., Russia and Germany, the Muenster-based institute said.

“If the current trend persists, global CO2 emissions will go up by another 20 percent to over 40 billion tons by 2020,” Norbert Allnoch, the IWR’s director, said in the statement. Countries’ emission levels should be tied to mandatory investments in climate protection such as renewable energy, the IWR said.

Economies including Brazil, China and India are raising investments in renewable technologies to help meet their growing energy demand. The projected surge in low-carbon sources won’t be enough to meet the United Nations goal of limiting global warming since industrialization to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the International Energy Agency said yesterday.

China was the biggest polluter, with emissions of 8.9 billion tons. The U.S. produced about 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide and India was the third-biggest emitter with 1.8 billion tons, the IWR data show.

Delegates from almost 200 nations agreed at UN talks in December to reach a new climate protection deal by 2015 that will enter force by 2020.

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