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Global CO2 emissions rise 3 percent in 2011: report

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 2:25am
Reuters

BEIJING, July 19 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 3 percent to 34 billion tonnes in 2011, according to a new EU report, undermining a U.N. goal to limit the rise in global average temperatures to 2C above industrial levels by 2050.

According to the report, published Wednesday by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, nations cannot emit more than 1.500 trillion tonnes of CO2 between 2000 and 2050 to meet the threshold recommended by a U.N. scientific panel.

"If the current global trend of increasing CO2 emissions continues, cumulative emissions will surpass this limit within the next two decades," the JRC said in a statement.

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