Greenhouse gas emissions by developing nations set to surpass those of rich by 2020

   Nov 1, 3:16 pm

Sydney, Nov. 1 (ANI): The total greenhouse gas emissions by developing nations since 1850 is said to surpass those of the rich world by 2020, a new study has revealed.

The study by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, research group Ecofys and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre found that developing nations accounted for 48 percent of cumulative emissions from 1850 to 2010.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, somewhere in the current decade the share of the cumulative historical emissions of developing countries will surpass that of developed countries and reach 51 percent by 2020.

The study said that the biggest emitters since 1850, taken as the start of widespread industrial use of fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases when burnt, were the United States, China, the European Union and Russia.

However, China argues that its per capita emissions since 1850 are still far below those of developed nations, meaning it has less responsibility to rein in emissions than rich nations.

It was further revealed that world emissions of carbon dioxide rose by just 1.1 percent in 2012 to a record 34.5 billion tonnes, a slowdown from annual gains averaging 2.9 percent since 2000.

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said that it was remarkable that the global economy grew by 3.5 percent as it signals a shift towards less fossil-fuel-intensive activities, more use of renewable energy and increased energy saving . (ANI)

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