Despite weak economy, CO2 emissions grow 2.6 percent last year 儘管經濟疲弱 去年CO2排放將成長百分之二點六

Wed, Jan 02, 2013 - Page 10

Carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose an estimated 2.6 percent in a weak global economy this year a study showed, powered by rapid emissions growth in China and India.

The study by the Global Carbon Project also says emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2011, placing the world on a near-certain path towards dangerous climate change, such as more heat waves, droughts and storms.

Total emissions for 2012 are estimated to be 35.6 billion tonnes, researchers said in the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Current emissions growth is placing the world on a path to warm between 4oC and 6oC, says the study, with global emissions jumping 58 percent between 1990 and this year. The study focuses on emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production.

A few big developing nations are fueling the emissions growth, the study says, even though the global financial crisis spawned long-term green stimulus plans by China, India, the US and others to attempt to curtail CO2 output.

China’s carbon emissions grew 9.9 percent in 2011 after rising 10.4 percent in 2010 and now comprise 28 percent of all CO2 pollution compared with 16 percent for the US.