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Cars Not to Blame—Right Now



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Minor decreases in the emissions from oil last year!

That, of course, wasn’t the headline form a report from the Global Carbon Project, an Australia-based research organization, as it found that the global recession notwithstanding, carbon dioxide emissions rose 2% in 2008, to all all-time high of 1.3 tonnes per capita per year, and that the carbon dioxide growth in 2008 was four-billion metric tonnes of carbon, thereby putting global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 385 parts per million, or 38% above pre-industrial levels.

The decrease in emissions from oil—as in car and truck emissions (to name two of interest here)—as well as a decrease from deforestation was, evidently, more than offset by things like burning coal.


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According to one of the authors of the study, Dr. Mike Raupach of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), "There will be a small downturn in emissions because of the GFC,”—that’s “Global Financial Crisis”—“but anthropogenic emissions growth will resume when the economy recovers unless the global effort to reduce emissions from human activity is accelerated."