Record High for Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production reached 9.7 gigatons of carbon (GtC) in 2012 and may reach 9.9 GtC in 2013. Coal remains a major driver of CO2 emissions, accounting for 54 percent of the emissions increase in 2012. Fossil fuel combustion, together with deforestation and land use change, has pushed the mean atmospheric concentration of CO2 to approximately 393.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2012. The Global Carbon Project foresees a