Global CO2 emissions up by 3 percent in 2011; U.S. CO2 emissions down

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose 3 percent to 34 billion tons in 2011, according to a new report. However, U.S. emissions fell by 110 million tons, or 2 percent, to 5.42 billion tons of CO2.

According to the report, published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China’s emissions increased last year by 800 million tons of CO2 to 9.7 billion tons, an increase of 9 percent. China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest of emitter of CO2 in 2009 and now represents 29 percent of global emissions versus 16 percent for the U.S., the report said.

The report is available for download here.

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