EU emissions rise sharply
THE FINANCIAL TIMESBy Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent
"The European Union, home to some of the world’s greenest governments, is about to record the biggest yearly jump in carbon emissions in 20 years, figures show.
Economic recovery and an unusually cold winter that saw consumers use their heating for longer and at higher levels helped push 2010 emissions in the bloc up by 2.4 per cent from the previous year, according to preliminary estimates by the European Environment Agency.
That is the biggest year-on-year jump since 1990, agency officials said. The previous biggest increase was in 1996, when the 27-member bloc’s emissions rose 2 per cent compared with 1995.
The 2010 increase comes after annual emissions plunged 7 per cent in 2009 as factories in the grip of economic recession slashed their production, leading to a fall in pollution levels. But a growth in electricity generation from renewable sources such as solar and wind also played a..."
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We'll take another look when the 2011 numbers are in. Are you surprised at this report? We are. We expected to see a decline, a consistent decline, in annual emissions in light of an economic recession, better fuel mileage on cars, investments in renewable energy and other positive factors. Clearly, we have a lot of work to do to reduce our air pollution levels as we see some future economic improvement.
EV's need to be a big part of the worldwide solution.
Posted: Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 0302 hrs IST