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Carbon emissions rise by 1.25% between 2005 and 2006

New figures published today by the Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that carbon emissions in 2006 rose by 1.25% with 560.0Mt of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
In 2005, 553.6Mt of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. According to DEFRA, the increase was a result of fuel switching from natural gas to coal for electricity generation.This has also resulted in a 0.5% increase in emissions from the total basket of gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol for the year which include methane and nitrous oxide, however carbon dioxide makes up around 84% of the total emissions. Under the Government's draft Climate Change Bill, it is now also proposed that the UK puts itself on a path towards a legally binding target of a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2050.The 1990 level was 592.1Mt

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