|According to the estimates from the International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year to their highest levels in history, The Guardian reported.
|Last year, a record 30.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere, a rise of 1.6Gt from 2009. About three-quarters of the new emissions have come from developing countries.
|The dramatic rise means the goal of preventing a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius is likely to be just "a nice Utopia", according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency.
|It also shows the most serious global recession for 80 years has had only a minimal effect on emissions.
|Birol also said that the world's reliance on fossil fuel power stations and the scaling back of nuclear power make it less likely for the world to meet its greenhouse gas target.
|Professor Lord Stern of the London School of Economics and Political Science warned: "These figures indicate that [emissions] are now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path… Such a path ... would mean around a 50 percent chance of a rise in global average temperature by more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100."
"Such warming would disrupt the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the planet, leading to widespread mass migration and conflict," he added.
(China.org.cn June 1, 2011)