Norwegian climate gases rebound in 2003

Norway's greenhouse gas emissions jumped 2% in 2003, preliminary official data show. The rise reverses a similar decline in 2002 (EED 13/02/04). As a result, Norwegian emissions are now 8% above their 1990 level, compared with Norway's Kyoto protocol commitment to limit any rise to no more than 1% above by the period 2008-12. Environment minister Børge Brende was forced to defend government climate change policies following the figures' release. Without its efforts, emissions would now be 15-20% higher than today, he told Dagsavisen newspaper. See press release and Dagsavisen article.

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