Report claims global CO2 emissions increased in 2010

May 11, 2012 12:00 AM

by David Erickson and Mark Anstoetter

A World Watch Institute report claims that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose in 2010 after declining in 2009.
According to the report, the emissions rose by 5.8 % in 2010 -- the largest one-year gain in at least two decades. According to the report, CO2 makes up about 70 % of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, with most of that coming from burning fossil fuels for energy consumption.

The report claims that developing nations, including Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia increased CO2 emissions by 7.6 %, compared to a 3.4-% rise in developed nations such as Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The top-10 emitting nations produced 68 % of CO2 emissions; the United States, however, has a higher per-capita CO2-emissions rate than China.

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