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IEA: Five key charts on energy and climate


Global greenhouse gas emissions have reached a record high, meaning the world remains on track  for catastrophic climate change – that’s the conclusion of the latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

See also: IEA: Global emissions reach record high, four key points

The Paris-based energy think-tank said emissions rose 1.4% in 2012, putting the world on a path to global temperature rises of between 3.6 and 5.3 degrees.  But the agency said that tackling climate change didn’t need to come at economic cost.

Here are five key charts to tell the story

1. The world is on track for more than 5 degrees of warming

2. Sending temperatures in major cities well into the 40s

3. To limit warming to 2 degrees we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground

..and this means that it would not be economic to develop large amounts of the world's existing oil and gas supplies - specially if they are not yet proven or are expensive to extract.

4. If we don't leave them in the ground, our energy security will be threatened by climate change