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Update on CO2 emissions

Friedlingstein, P.; Houghton, R.A.; Marland, G.; Hackler, J.; Boden, T.A.; Conway, T.J.; Canadell, J.G.; Raupach, M.R.; Ciais, P.; Le Quéré, Corinne. 2010 Update on CO2 emissions. Nature Geoscience, 3 (12). 811-812. 10.1038/ngeo1022

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Abstract/Summary

Emissions of CO2 are the main contributor to anthropogenic climate change. Here we present updated information on their present and near-future estimates. We calculate that global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning decreased by 1.3% in 2009 owing to the global financial and economic crisis that started in 2008; this is half the decrease anticipated a year ago1. If economic growth proceeds as expected2, emissions are projected to increase by more than 3% in 2010, approaching the high emissions growth rates that were observed from 2000 to 20081, 3, 4. We estimate that recent CO2 emissions from deforestation and other land-use changes (LUCs) have declined compared with the 1990s, primarily because of reduced rates of deforestation in the tropics5 and a smaller contribution owing to forest regrowth elsewhere.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1038/ngeo1022
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Other Special Projects
ISSN: 1752-0894
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Earth Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Chemistry
Date made live: 16 Mar 2011 14:55
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13028

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