Carbon emissions were up 3% in 2011, and they are projected to increase by 2.6% in 2012. Much of the growth in emissions is coming from emerging markets where coal is the primary fuel. The goal to limit emissions, that was set only 4 years ago, may be unattainable.
Carbon in the atmosphere has increased by 41% since the industrial revolution. If they grow at 3% per year, they will double in 24 years. The prognosis does not look good. Containing emissions has not been a top priority in national governments. Politicians seem willing to leave the problem to future generations, and producers of fossil fuels are accumulating wealth for their heirs without regard for the health of the planet that they will inherit.