Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Track to Set Record

If economy continues to recover, emissions likely to rise
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2010 2:38 PM CST
Traffic stands congested on a road in New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – The bad news: Greenhouse gas emissions could hit record highs this year, a new study shows. The kinda good news: Researchers say a recovering economy is to blame. Scientists found that—despite the financial crisis—global carbon dioxide emissions only dropped by 1.3% last year compared to 2008's record highs, less than half the 2.8% reduction that was predicted. Why? While western economies reduced emissions after being hit hard by the financial crisis, emerging economies that were not as devastated actually experienced a rise in emissions.

The UK, US, Japan, Germany, and Russia experienced emissions decreases from 6.9% to 11.8%, but emissions from China, India, and South Korea rose between 1.4% and 8%, LiveScience reports. Researchers now predict that if the economy continues to grow, emissions will increase by more than 3% this year.

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