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LONDON (Reuters) - Global greenhouse gas emissions from energy use fell for the first time since 1998, as the economic recession slashed industrial production and fossil fuel consumption in most countries, BP said on Wednesday.

BP's annual statistical review said global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels fell by 1.1 percent to 31.13 billion tonnes in 2009, down from a peak of 31.55 in 2008.

China, the world's biggest emitter, increased its emissions by 9.1 percent last year, further distancing itself from number two emitter the United States.

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