walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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2014 Emissions

The IEA released some news saying that while there was economic growth globally in 2014, CO2 emissions were level, the first indicator we've seen that the economy can be decoupled from carbon emissions.

Yay!

http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/news/2015/march/global-energy-related-emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-stalled-in-2014.html

Of course, I am now trying to reconcile this with last September's announcement from a different organization that emissions were going to set a new high:

"Fossil fuel CO2 emissions are projected to increase by 2.5% in 2014, pushing the total CO2 emissions from all sources above 40 billion tons."

http://www.globalchange.gov/news/latest-global-carbon-budget-emissions-break-annual-record

I wish I knew someone who had relevant knowledge who could help explain why the September projection announced by what looks like a science-y advocacy group doesn't match measurements from a science-y trade group. I don't need any help generating sinister conspiracy theories about underlying agendas, I can do that all by myself.
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