The World Meteorological Organisation’s new report says that atmospheric CO2 grew more rapidly last year than its average rise over the past decade and that fossil fuel activity such as oil refining are driving atmospheric levels of CO2 to record highs.
The new data indicates that global warming will be back with a vengeance, after a slowdown in the rate of temperature increases over the past 14 years, say environmentalists.
Reacting to the report, Andrew Cooper, Green Party of England and Wales environment spokesperson, said: “We are still going in the wrong direction on carbon emissions."
He continued: “There are countries in the EU and globally that are playing their part in reducing emissions but the UK lags far behind."
“Currently the UK is not on target to reach 15 per cent of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020. The easiest and cheapest way to achieve this target is through a mass insulation programme which reduces the total amount of energy the UK uses.
“It is crazy that public money is being used to pay MPs fuel bills, yet we lack a coherent policy to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of those with the lowest incomes,” said Mr Cooper.