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Recession Causing Lower Carbon Emissions

first_imgGood news! Carbon emissions are down! The number dropped from 31.2 billion tons to 30.8 billion tons, from 2008 to 2009. Why the reduction? Are corporations finally taking the initiative to reduce what is generally considered the chief cause of global warming? Nope. The numbers have apparently dropped because of the recession.This marks the first drop since the late 90s. Emissions dropped 6.9 percent in the US, 8.6 in the UK, seven percent in Germany, 11.8 percent in Japan, and 8.7 percent in Russia. The worldwide drop was only 1.3 percent, however, thanks in part to increases in China and India, which rose eight percent and 6.2 percent, respectively.last_img