And with little apparent chance of an international agreement emerging to significantly curb the pollution, experts fear dangerous climate change is now almost certain.
“We need to do something about the 80 percent of energy that still comes from burning fossil fuels,” said report author Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.
The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, concludes that global greenhouse gas emissions are likely to continue increasing at a rate of about 3 percent per year.
A report released in August revealed that America’s greenhouse gas emissions soared nearly 4 percent last year due to factories running harder in a slowly recovering economy.
The increase was amplified by an unusually hot summer that prompted more air conditioner use.
Julia Steinberger, lecturer in ecological economics at the University of Leeds’ Sustainability Research Institute, said that the latest research shows that the global economic downturn and recession have barely made a dent in the rise of greenhouse gas emissions.