Drought blamed as Spanish CO2 hits new record

Spanish environment minister Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri on Tuesday confirmed predictions that national CO2 emissions will reach 50% above their 1990 level this year. The minister blamed this summer's severe drought for the expected five percentage point rise this year alone. Lack of water has cut hydroelectric generation by 40%, forcing a 30% rise in production by fossil fuel power stations. The rise pushes Spain's exceedence of its Kyoto protocol target of 15% over 1990 levels to over 100m tonnes of CO2, the worst record of any EU member state. See Spanish environment ministry.

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