A new analysis of 2009 global greenhouse gas emissions published in the journal Nature Geoscience has found that increased coal use in the developing world, particularly China and India, boosted global greenhouse gas emissions to the second highest level on record. The result is particularly surprising because pollution in developed countries like the United States, Germany, and Japan actually declined significantly as their economies shrank in the wake of the global financial crisis. The one silver lining in the report is that emissions from deforestation have actually declined by about one quarter since 2000 in response to better law enforcement …
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Glenn Hurowitz is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.