The Seattle Times


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

Workers cycle past a coal-fired power plant in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province, in 2010. The world's emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have made the biggest jump on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculates, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst-case scenario outlined by climate change experts just four years ago.