Global CO2 emissions could fall by three % in 2009: IEA

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 15:32

Bangkok: Carbon dioxide emissions, the
main driver of global warming, could fall three percent
worldwide in 2009 due to the global economic crisis, the
International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

This would be the steepest drop in CO2 emissions for
40 years, chief IEA economist Faith Birol said at a press
conference in Bangkok, adding that the average annual growth
in global carbon output until now has been three percent.

Birol said this silver-lining drop in carbon pollution
was a "unique window opportunity" for the the world to put
itself on a path to limit the increase in global temperatures
to two degrees, the scientific threshold for dangerous
global warming.

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First Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 15:32

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