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IEA says global carbon emissions stall

It's the first time in 40 years that carbon dioxide emissions have not risen

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels did not rise last year. This is the first time in 40 years that, in the absence of an economic downturn, emissions have not risen. It signals that efforts to combat climate change may have been more effective than initially thought. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global emissions of carbon dioxide did not rise in 2014. They remained flat at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014 from 2013 despite an expansion of 3% in the global economy. It could also indicate that the link between economic growth and rising carbon dioxide emissions may have finally been broken. “This is both a welcome surprise and significant one … for t

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