ABOUT THAT COAL PLANT YOU THINK YOU JUST GOTTA HAVE….

15 04 2008

Copyright © 2008 Earth Policy Institute

April 9, 2008

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Accelerating Rapidly

Frances C. Moore

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the burning of fossil fuels stood at a record 8.38 gigatons of carbon (GtC) in 2006, 20 percent above the level in 2000. Emissions grew 3.1 percent a year between 2000 and 2006, more than twice the rate of growth during the 1990s. Carbon dioxide emissions have been growing steadily for 200 years, since fossil fuel burning began on a large scale at the start of the Industrial Revolution. But the growth in emissions is now accelerating despite unambiguous evidence that carbon dioxide is warming the planet and disrupting ecosystems around the globe.

Global Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuel Burning

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