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GHG Emissions Up Across Industrialized World, 1990 - 2004 & 2000 - 2004
Greenhouse-gas emissions by the industrialised world are still rising, with the United States firmly entrenched as the biggest polluter, a United Nations report said on Monday. In an annual update on global-warming pollution, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said that, compared with the benchmark year of 1990, the 41 industrialised countries it monitors trimmed their emissions by 3,3% by the end of 2004.

But this was mainly due to the slump in the former Soviet bloc economies in the 1990s, which forced the closure or overhaul of thousands of power stations and factories that spewed out carbon dioxide.

Because of that historic change, countries in Eastern and Central Europe had a decrease in emissions from 1990-2004 of 36,8%. But from 2000-2004, they in fact increased their pollution by 4,1% as their economies emerged from the post-Soviet crash.

In contrast, the other industrialised countries saw an increase in pollution of 11% from 1990-2004. From 2000-2004, the increase was 2%.

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