German CO2 trend in election spotlight

Green issues resurfaced in Germany's election campaign yesterday when a Sunday newspaper reported that unpublished official figures showed a 1.4% rise in national carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2001, putting the government's pledge to achieve a 25% cut between 1990 and 2005 in jeopardy. Germany's 2001 CO2 emissions have in fact been known for months (EED 04/02/02), but the environment ministry nevertheless rebutted the paper's claims, ascribing the 2001 increase to "well-known fluctuations in an otherwise constantly downward trend" and counter-claiming that CO2 levels fell 2.5% in the first half of 2002. See press release.

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