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Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High

New York Times : Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels according to a new report released by the Global Carbon Project. It is the “latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.”  

“The emissions growth last year was a bit slower than the average growth rate of 2.5 percent over the past decade, and much of the dip was caused by an economic slowdown in China, which is the world’s single largest source of emissions.”

“In the United States, emissions rose 2.9 percent, after declining in recent years.”

“’You can no longer have some countries go first and others come in later, because there is no more time,’ said Glen P. Peters, a scientist at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, who helped compile the new numbers. ‘It needs to be all hands on deck now.’”

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Chart from The Conversation