The International Energy Agency has calculated that annual global carbon dioxide emissions in 2014 were 32 giga tonnes. This figure is significant because if the figure is right it shows that the growth is emissions has remained stable for the first time when there is no global economic crisis.
Emissions growth slowed when there have been three major economic crises, in 1980 (US recession), in 1990 (break-up of the Soviet Union) and in 2009 (credit and banking collapse). There seems no equivalent economic downturn in 2014 and most of the world has during that period had experience small economic growth, so these figures are mildly encouraging, claim the International Energy Agency.
The monthly carbon dioxide reading at Mona Loa in Hawaii for February 2014 was 400.26 ppm compared with 397.91 ppm in February 2014, so emissions are still accumulating in our atmosphere as well as acidifying our seas and oceans.
For all our fine talk, our wind farms, our massive PV farms, our anti-climate change measures, our agreements and targets on climate change we have so far only managed to slightly slow down the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. That is cold comfort, indeed.