Global Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Slow Down

Some good news: emissions in 2012 increased at less than half the average over the last decade, according to a new report. The two biggest reasons? The shift to shale natural gas in the U.S. which burns cleaner and an increase in hydropower in China by 23 percent. The global rate of increase for 2012 was set at 1.4 percent while the world economy grew by 3.5 percent. Overall, the use of less fossil fuels, more renewable energy, and increase energy savings has resulted in the first “permanent” slowdown in the rate of emissions increase. The bad news? Emissions reached a new record in 2012 of 34.5 billion tones. More work to be done . . . .

John Howell, Editorial Director