The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation’s environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new CO2 emission survey, the US put out roughly 5,300 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2013. The administration explained the slight increase was due to the increase in coal usage when the price of natural gas started rising in April 2012.
Overall the US has seen a downward trend in emissions – the slightly peaked 2013 levels are still 10% lower than 2005 levels. Meanwhile, natural gas has become the primary fuel burned in the United States as coal, petroleum, and other fossil fuels tapered off.
The report also shows that China continues to have a runaway carbon dioxide problem since it first topped the charts back in 2006. The eastern nation spewed 9.8 billion tons of CO2 into the world’s atmosphere in 2012, according to the Global Post. The effects of these emissions can be seen throughout the country and beyond as they creep around the globe.
Following China and the US, India’s emissions shot up 7.7% in 2012. Russia has moved past using Soviet-era smoke stacks, but still made fourth place with 1.7 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2012. Japan has its own set of nuclear problems in addition to the 1.3 million metric tons of CO2 it produced in 2012.
Via Global Post
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