CSE: Legal agreement on CO2 emissions doubtful

Since 1990, US emissions have grown by 20 per cent, Canada’s by 29 per cent and those of Australia by 42 per cent.  Between 2006 and 2007, emissions of all the Annex 1 countries (excluding the ex-Soviet economies in transition) have increased by 1.1 per cent which works out to an increase of 128 million tonnes.

This one-year increase is more than the total CO2 emissions of 100 million people living in India, a CSE analysis of the report revealed.

Emissions from the transportation and energy sectors were particularly to blame for this, said the CSE. Transportation emissions in industrialised countries have grown by 26 per cent since 1990.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen had recently suggested that a new climate agreement will be based on domestic pledges. This echoes US and Australian proposals to abandon equity principles in a new climate regime.

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