Emissions reach record high or do they ...
A bit of surprise announcement from the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week as greenhouse gas emissions fell very sharply in 2009 - by 7.1% in the EU-27 and 6.9% in the EU-15.
These results can be viewed in full here - http://www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom/newsreleases/recession-and-renewables-cut-greenhouse
This is all well and good but the data came the day after the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its own figures, admittedly estimates, showing missions hit an all-time record high in 2010
The IEA story can be viewed here - http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=20020&channel=0&title=International+Energy+Agency+report+record+emissions+
Now it's been widely reported that emissions fell in 2009 as the world was gripped by an economic downturn and much heavy production ground to a near total halt.
But, you have to wonder at the wisdom of putting out a story – admittedly with the most up-to-date information the EEA had – the day after a report which completely blows their work out of the water.
In short though it's time we start collecting emissions data more thoroughly and quickly so we produce reports in a timely fashion so we're in a position to respond to conflicting information accurately.