A news item relayed to us from David Roberts:
• Richard Black, 2009 carbon emissions fall smaller than expected, BBC News, 21 November 2010.
“What we find is a drop in emissions from fossil fuels in 2009 of 1.3%, which is not dramatic,” said lead researcher Pierre Friedlingstein from the UK’s University of Exeter.
“Based on GDP projections last year, we were expecting much more.
“If you think about it, it’s like four days’ worth of emissions; it’s peanuts,” he told BBC News.
The headline figure masked big differences between trends in different groups of countries.
Broadly, developed nations saw emissions fall – Japan fell by 11.8%, the UK by 8.6%, and Germany by 7% – whereas they continued to rise in developing countries with significant industrial output.
China’s emissions grew by 8%, and India’s by 6.2% – connected to the fact that during the recession, it was the industrialised world that really felt the pinch.
The news story is based on this article, which is apparently not freely available:
• P. Friedlingstein et al., Update on CO2 emissions Nature Geoscience, 21 November 2010.
By the way: how come I can afford to create a link to the original article, while the BBC and other mass media cannot? Is it really so bloody difficult? Isn’t it just basic good journalism?
Also by the way: I really like getting good suggestions for environmental news stories to blog about… but I love it when people join the Azimuth Forum and post links to these news articles under News and Information.
Some puzzles. Guess before you google:
1) Which nation has the highest carbon emissions per person? In 2007 its per capita carbon emissions were almost 3 times that of the USA. I bet it’s still the champion today.
2) Say I make some round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Singapore, with one stop each way. How many flights would it take to burn as much carbon as an average US citizen does in a year? A rough estimate, please!
3) How many such flights would equal the yearly carbon emissions of an average world citizen?
(I am calculating the footprint of a flight using Terrapass. I have no idea how accurate it is or how it works. Also: all my figures only count carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.)