Carbon efficiency failing to fight warming
Surging carbon emissions from power demand in the developing world is overwhelming progress by nations like China and the U.S..
Ocean acidification may be fastest in 300 million years
The world’s oceans are turning acidic even more rapidly than during a monster emission of planet-warming carbon 56 million years ago.
Global carbon output is higher than ever. New figures released by the Global Carbon Project show that 2012 saw a record jump in emissions from fossil-fuel burning, thanks mostly to unprecedented leaps from developing nations. Here, some numbers from the report:
- 510 million
Extra tons of CO2 pumped into the air in 2010, “almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003,” says Justin Gillis at The New York Times.
- 9.14 billion
Total tons of CO2 pumped into the air in 2010
Average percent that global emissions of CO2 rose each year during the 1990s
Average percent that global emissions of CO2 rose each year during the 2000s
Mitt Romney: ‘I don’t think carbon is a pollutant’
As the GOP frontrunner tries to hold on to support in New Hampshire, he continues to walk a fine line when it comes to what he really believes about environmental protection.