21st Century's First Decade Saw Doubling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: IPCC

October 22, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Greenhouse gas emissions grew in the first decade of the 21st century at a rate almost double that of the previous 30 years, despite the 2008 economic downturn, a leaked portion of the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change’s latest research reveals.

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“Global GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions have risen more rapidly between 2000 and 2010,” says the leaked portion of the the draft report obtained by the Guardian, adding, “Current GHG emissions trends are at the high end of projected levels for the last decade.”

According to the report, the drastic upswing in emissions is largely due to an increased reliance on coal-fired power plants.

As Suzanne Goldenberg at the Guardian reports, there are over 1,000 new plants under construction around the world, with most arising in China and India. As the IPCC research highlights, those plants are largely supplying power for factories making goods for the U.S. and Europe.

Countries such as Germany, Britain and France have also significantly increased coal burning.

The latest draft says emissions grew 2.2% per year between 2000 and 2010, compared to 1.3% per year over the previous three decades.

And between 2010 and 2011 emissions grew 3%.