Worldwide Carbon Emissions Reached Record Highs in 2012

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Seems we still have a lot of work to do if we want to stop catastrophic climate change…

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), CO2 emissions rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to 31.6 billion tons, setting a new record along the way. China was the biggest polluter last year, putting out over 300 million tons of CO2, and the United States actually cut its emissions to 200 million tons. That’s about what it released in 1995.

We are on track for an average temperature increase of between 3.6 and 5.3 degrees Celsius this century, says the IEA, which is way above the figure needed to prevent climate change from pretty much wiping us out.

We would need to keep temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius in order to save ourselves.

“Global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 are projected to be nearly 4 billion tons higher than a level consistent with attaining the 2 degree target, highlighting the scale of the challenge still to be tackled just in this decade,” the agency said, according to Reuters.

If we are to make a difference, we are going to need to make dramatic changes in our energy sources, energy use, emissions laws, and consumer habits. Whether or not our governments will force those changes remains to be seen, but so far they most definitely are not doing enough. That’s why it’s up to you to make change.

The United Nations is currently holding negotiations aimed at cutting emissions, but we all know how those turn out. All those COP conventions rarely result in anything other than creating more CO2 pollution because of the sheer number of people flying around the world to “solve” the climate crisis.

That’s like trying to lose weight while only eating ice cream, pizza, and cheese; it will never work.

Global Warming Factory Emissions Pollution image from BigStock.

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