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Big reductions in carbon output being achieved

The Smith School Enterprise and the Environment is advising the government of Rwanda on how to develop without carbon inputs, and therefore outputs! Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa and China are achieving major shifts in their carbon output. Indonesia and Brazil are reducing the felling of native forests. And China is planting vast areas of desert with trees. China is also moving ahead quickly with production of wind farms and photovoltaics for electricity production.

Podcast and transcript at TheScienceShow.

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    The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago.

    “The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing,” said John Reilly, co-director of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

    The world pumped about 564 million more tons (512 million metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That’s an increase of 6 percent. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries — China, the United States and India, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases.

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