No decline in global CO2 emissions in 2009

Global CO2 emissions did not fall last year as predicted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Dutch environmental assessment agency PBL said on Thursday. CO2 cuts due to the recession were offset by strong emission increases in China and India.

In October, the IEA predicted that global CO2 emissions could fall in 2009 by as much as 3%. But a PBL report published on Thursday, which looks at emissions from energy use and cement and chemicals production, shows these emissions remained flat.

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