Dutch Report Finds CO2 Emissions Increase Slowing

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Today, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published a report stating that rate of increase in global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions was slowing because of more renewable energy use and energy-saving.

The Dutch report found global emissions of CO2 reached a record 34.5 billion tons last year, according to a by UPI.

"Yet, the increase in global CO2 emissions in that year slowed down to 1.1%, which was less than half the average annual increase of 2.9% over the last decade," the report said.

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Emissions tied to fossil-fuel combustion slowed in 2012, according to the report. China's emissions increased in 2012 but at a slower rate than in previous years. Decreases were seen from the United States and the European Union.

Economic troubles in the EU and the increase in the use in shale natural gas in the United States were responsible for their respective decreases in emissions, the report said.

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