Last week's look at increased forest cover and a reduction in illegal logging was wonderfully hopeful. However, I recently reviewed a report that said we're still polluting far too much. The report, "Long-Term Trend in Global CO2 Emissions" was prepared by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Some highlights (as well as the lows) were:
- Global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming, jumped 45% between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tons last year, the European Commission reports.
- The 27 member nations of the European Union (EU-27) cut CO2 emissions 7% during the 1990-2010 period and Russia slashed them 28%.
- Japanese emissions remained fairly constant.
- In contrast to the others, U.S. emissions increased 5%.
- The U.S. emits 16.9 tons of CO2 per capita per year, more than twice that of the EU-27's 8.1 tons and China's 6.8 tons.
- Chinese per capita CO2 emissions of 6.8 tons are below the EU-27 average, equaling those of Italy.