2010: highest carbon emissions ever

Looks like we are definitely out of the recession as the IEA is reporting the most carbon emissions ever last year:

http://www.iea.org/index_info.asp?id=1959

Up 5% from 2008, the previous record year

IEA was projecting 32Gt by 2020 to keep atmospheric CO2 below 450ppm… and this leaves us less than 2Gt more to emit between now and then..basically not gonna happen..

In terms of fuels, 44% of the estimated CO2 emissions in 2010 came from coal, 36% from oil, and 20% from natural gas.

Emissions from energy fell slightly between 2008 and 2009, from 29.3Gt to 29Gt, due to the financial crisis. A small rise was predicted for 2010 as economies recovered, but the scale of the increase has shocked the IEA. “I was expecting a rebound, but not such a strong one,” said Birol, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on emissions.

also excerpts from http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower

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