Car­bon diox­ide pol­lu­tion up 3 per­cent

U.S., Ger­many only na­tions in top 10 to lower emis­sions.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Seth Boren­stein 2011 fig­ures for big­gest pol­luters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

WAshingtOn — The amount of heat-trap­ping pol­lu­tion the world spewed rose again last year by 3 per­cent. So sci­en­tists say it’s now un­likely that global warm­ing can be lim­ited to a cou­ple of de­grees, which is an in­ter­na­tional goal.

The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the in­crease was from China, the world’s big­gest car­bon diox­ide pol­luter. Of the planet’s top 10 pol­luters, the United States and Ger­many were the only coun­tries that re­duced their car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

Last year, all the world’s na­tions com­bined pumped nearly 38.2 bil­lion tons of car­bon diox­ide into the air from the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els such as coal and oil, ac­cord­ing to new in­ter­na­tional cal­cu­la­tions on global emis­sions pub­lished Sun­day in the jour­nal Na­ture Cli­mate Change. That’s about 1 bil­lion tons more than the pre­vi­ous year.

The to­tal amounts to more than 2.4 mil­lion pounds of car­bon diox­ide re­leased ev­ery sec­ond.

Be­cause emis­sions of the key green­house gas have been ris­ing steadily and most car­bon stays in the air for a cen­tury, it is not just un­likely but “rather op­ti­mistic” to think that the world can limit fu­ture tem­per­a­ture in­creases to 2 de­grees, said the study’s lead au­thor, Glen Peters at the Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate and En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search in Oslo, Nor­way. China, up 10 per­cent to 10 bil­lion tons. United states, down 2 per­cent to 5.9 bil­lion tons in­dia, up 7 per­cent to 2.5 bil­lion tons. Rus­sia, up 3 per­cent to 1.8 bil­lion tons. Ja­pan, up 0.4 per­cent to 1.3 bil­lion tons. ger­many, down 4 per­cent to 800 mil­lion tons. iran, up 2 per­cent to 700 mil­lion tons. south Korea, up 4 per­cent to 600 mil­lion tons. Canada, up 2 per­cent to 600 mil­lion tons. south Africa, up 2 per­cent to 600 mil­lion tons.

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