22 Nov 2010 11:11:09
CO2 emissions 'could reach record levels in 2010'
Carbon emissions could reach record levels in 2010, a new study suggests, despite efforts to cut greenhouse gases.
A global analysis, published in Nature Geoscience and conducted by researchers in the UK, predicted that carbon emissions will increase by three percent this year, which is similar to the growth rates seen between the years 2000 and 2008.
This follows a lower than expected dip of 1.3 percent in 2009, which was said to be due to the drop in economic activity, caused by the recession.
Professor Corinne Le Quere, of the University of East Anglia, said historically emissions have decreased during times of financial difficulty and the latest analysis suggests that the relationship between fossil fuels and the global economy is still very close.
"It tells us ... the efforts, at least globally, to improve the economy while not increasing CO2 emissions are not leading to very much at the moment," she was quoted in the Independent as saying.
The UK was among the countries experiencing a significant dip in carbon emissions in 2009, experiencing an 8.6 percent fall.
Earlier this year, the Committee on Climate Change suggested the recession had created the "illusion" that emissions reductions programmes were progressing.