Global CO2 Emissions Drop In 2009, report states


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Worldwide CO2 emissions dropped by 1.3 percent in 2009, German-based renewable energy institute IWR told Reuters last week.

The institute cited two reasons for the drop in emissions from 2008: the weak status of the global economy  and increased investment in sustainable energy. Global investment in renewable energy rose from $154 billion to $161 billion from 2008, the report states. 

Despite the good news, the future remains an uphill battle.

"The energy-induced CO2 output in China in 2009due to its economic growth has grown to a level now that is as high asthat of the U.S. and Russia combined," IWR director Norbert Allnoch told Reuters.

Click here to visit the IWR website for more information.

--Will Taylor

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