Reaching Peak Emissions

Nature Climate Change (Dec. 7, 2015; doi:10.1038/nclimate2892) [Free download with registration] / by Robert B. Jackson, et al.

[BuzzFeed] Offering a bit of hope to a world facing a warming climate, scientists reported on Monday that a decade-plus increase in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide flattened out in the last two years.

The finding of a nearly flat increase in industrial carbon dioxide emissions, up just 0.6% last year, breaks a long-standing lockstep between economic growth and burning fossil fuels. This year looks poised to see a slight drop in emissions, even as the world economy is projected to grow more than 3%.

“The take-home message is that, for the first time, carbon dioxide emissions have stabilized, at least temporarily, while global gross domestic product grew robustly,” Stanford’s Robert Jackson, who led the Global Carbon Budget study, told BuzzFeed News. “It’s a bit of good news…”


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