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Greenhouse Gas Pollution Soars to Record Level June 3, 2011
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“I am very worried. This is the worst news on emissions.” — Fatih Birol.
Global greenhouse gas emissions soared to the highest level on record last year, a sign of economic recovery as well as that efforts to reduce the climate-altering pollution are failing to meet goals.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that during 2010, a record 30.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide were spewed into the atmosphere, mainly through the burning of fossil fuels.

That level was 1.6 gigatons higher than in 2009. “These figures indicate that (emissions) are now close to being back on a ‘business as usual’ path,” Lord Stern of the London School of Economics told The Guardian.

IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said the prospects of keeping greenhouse gases from warming global temperatures less than 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit are now becoming very bleak.

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