RECORD CARBON EMISSIONS August 17, 2011Posted by wmmbb in and global temperature., Natural Environment.
As the carbon emissions cliff gets closer the response appears to have been to push harder down on the accelerator.
The BBC reports:
Energy-related carbon emissions reached a record level last year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The watchdog says emissions rose again after a dip caused by the financial crisis in 2009, and ended 5% up from the previous record in 2008.
China and India account for most of the rise, though emissions have also grown in developed countries.
The increase raises doubts over whether planned curbs on greenhouse emissions will be achieved, the group says.
At a meeting last year in Cancun, Mexico, world leaders agreed that deep cuts were needed to limit the rise in global temperature to 2C above pre-industrial levels.
But according to the IEA’s estimate, worldwide CO2 emissions from the energy sector reached a record 30.6 gigatonnes in 2010.
Another example of homo sapiens caught up in the artificial systems they have created without regard to the natural systems they depend upon. Will there be enlightenment when the machine leaves the road and does not fly?