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June 21, 2012

Global carbon emissions rise is far bigger than previous estimates

Data analysed by the Guardian appear to show that global carbon dioxide emissions have risen by more than previously thought. It shows that the world emitted a record 31.8bn tonnes of carbon from energy consumption in 2010; this represents a rise of 6.7 per cent on the previous year and is significantly higher than the previous best estimate, made by the International Energy Agency last year, that in 2010 a record 30.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide were released from burning fossil fuel. The Guardian asserts that increases in fossil fuel use of this magnitude are likely to carry the world far beyond the temperature rise of 2C by 2050 that scientists have estimated is the limit of safety, beyond which climate change is likely to become catastrophic and irreversible.