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Global Snapshot: Carbon Emissions Stabilize, but Action Still Needed

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

For the third year in a row, global carbon emissions from the energy sector were flat, according to the International Energy Agency. What’s impressive is that this plateau in emissions comes at a time of economic growth around the world, suggesting that improved energy efficiency, renewable energy production and other factors are driving a decoupling of economic activity and carbon emissions.

However, the current level of energy-related investments needs to double to avoid raising the global average temperature by two degrees Celsius. That benchmark—two degrees Celsius—would still have a substantive effect on climate change, but is a goal preferable to allowing temperatures to climb without restraint. A separate report conducted by the IEA and International Renewable Energy Agency concludes that to avoid that temperature rise, emissions need to peak by 2020 and plummet from current levels by 2050.
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Carbon Emissions Stall for First Time in Decades

March 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that global energy sector emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014. This is the first plateau in emissions of the greenhouse gas in four decades excepting periods of economic downturn.
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