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In 2007, CO2 Output Jumps To Record Level
current concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is the highest during
the last 650,000 years, and probably during the last 20 million years, according
to the Global
The world increased
CO2 output by 3 percent from 2006 to 2007, new numbers considered “scary”
by some and surprising to many who thought economic downturns would slow energy
Forests and oceans, which help extract carbon dioxide, are
doing so at lower rates than in last century, scientists said. This may result
in faster-than-anticipated sea level and temperature rises.
China is the world’s greatest emitter, followed by the United
States. Though some nations slightly decreased
CO2 output, the U.S. pumped out more in 2007.
Others are proving that emissions reduction is a manageable
process for developed nations. Denmark’s emissions dropped 8 percent; the U.K.
and Germany reduced CO2 pollution by 3 percent, and France and
Australia reduced fossil fuel emissions by 2 percent, the