Emissions from coal-burning power plant (Credit: U.S. Department of Energy)
A recent compilation of United Nations data shows a drop of industrialized nations’ greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 percent in 2012, Reuters reported.
The U.S. led the decline with its shift from coal to natural gas, according to the data. In 2012, more than 40 nations’ emissions had fallen below 1990 levels by 10 percent. However, economic growth and industrialization in poorer countries are countering the decline.
Industrialized nations produced 19.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas in 1990, compared to 17.3 billion tons in 2012.
Image: Emissions from coal-burning power plant (Credit: U.S. Department of Energy)