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India Among Biggest Emitters Of Greenhouse Gases: Study

Thursday, 21 November 2013, 05:41 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Warsaw: India and China are among the world's biggest contributors to fossil fuel emissions with India's carbon dioxide discharge increasing by a whopping 7.7 percent last year, a new study said.

"Based on estimates of economic activity in 2013, emissions are set to rise 2.1 per cent in 2013 to reach 36 billion tonnes of CO2," the annual analysis by Global Carbon Project reported.

"The Global Carbon Budget reveals that the biggest contributors to fossil fuel emissions in 2012 were China (27 percent), the United States (14 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent), and India (6 percent)," the group of European scientists said.

Indian CO2 emissions increased by a whopping 7.7 per cent, with those from coal growing 10.2 percent, said the report coinciding with the UN climate talks in Warsaw, the Polish capital.

The study, led by the UK's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, said Carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas, and fossil fuels - coal, oil and gas - along with cement production account for nearly all its man-made emissions.

China, the world's number one carbon emitter, accounted for 70 per cent of the global increase in 2012. Chinese emissions grew 5.9 per cent in 2012, lower than the average of 7.9 per cent per year over the past decade. Consumption from renewable sources and hydropower in China grew by a quarter in 2012.

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Source: PTI
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Reader's comments(2)
1: The headline for this article should have been India is the least emitter of greenhouse gases.
Posted by:vivek - 22 Nov, 2013
2: This is a wake up call. We have all along been blaming the developed countries for being the biggest contributors historically to greenhouse gas build up. We should not take shelter under the pretext of being among the lowest contributors on a per capita basis. Greenhouse gas emissions from India are high in absolute terms and are increasing at an alarming rate. And not all of it may be due to energy use. In just two days of the Diwali festival, thousands of tonnes of carbon and sulphur oxides are released due to intense burning of crackers. Throughout the year, millions of oil lamps and tonnes of camphor burning also contribute to the emissions. Inefficient and unreliable power supply systems cause millions of tonnes of diesel fuel being burnt in generators and pump sets.

India should function as a responsible country and atleast curb non-essential emissions even as it demands Western nations to reduce their green house gas emissions.
Posted by:Venkataram - 22 Nov, 2013