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Finnish CO2 emissions rise accelerates

Finnish carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions appear to have ballooned dangerously over the last year according to preliminary industry ministry figures. Over the twelve months to June they rose a staggering 19% to reach 69m tonnes, putting Finland 28% above its Kyoto protocol target of stabilising emissions at 1990 levels by 2008-12. As recently as the end of 2002 Finnish emissions were only 17% above the target (EED 14/03/02). An exceptionally cold winter and a surge in fossil fuel consumption are being blamed for the deterioration. See information note.

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