International Energy Agency- Carbon Emissions at Record Levels

According to the International Energy Agency, carbon emissions are up 5% from the 2008 record, which puts it at an all time record level.

This is considered a serious setback to the plan set by the U.N. during the climate change talks to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.

Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the IEA said this latest estimate is another wakeup call and the world has moved closer to the level of emissions that should not be reached until 2020. According to her, it will be extremely challenging to succeed in achieving the goals previously agreed upon by the U.N.

Climbing to 30.6 gigatonnes in 2010, carbon emissions will have to be 32 gigatonnes or less in 2020 for the 2 degree goal to remain attainable. For this to happen, carbon dioxide emissions for the next 10 years have to be less than the levels recorded between 2009 and 2010.

According to a CNN interview, Kevin Anderson, who is the co-editor of ‘Four degrees and beyond: The potential for global temperature increase of four degrees and its implications’ said, “Emissions are going in completely the wrong direction. A rise of two degrees Celsius is much more challenging than is widely accepted.

If what Anderson (and scientists) is saying holds true, sea levels could rise two meters within the next 90 years. With that, 2.5% of the world’s population (169,380,892 people) would be displaced and the temperature change could have some devastating impacts on the World’s ecosystems.

Source: www.LangleyEnergy.com

Bronwyn Ambriz, Langley Energy News (LE) Fri Jun 3, 11:03 am ET

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