Sweden’s emissions are rising instead of falling

Greenhouse gas emissions rose by 0.9 percent in Sweden last year. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
Preliminary figures released by the Swedish Environment Protection Agency show a rise in Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions of 0.9%.

The biggest cause of the rise is thought to be fossil fueled central heating systems. Emissions need to be reduced by 5 to 8 percent per year to hit the climate goal set by Swedish parliament.

We speak to David Kihlbom from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation who is horrified by the latest figures.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: The Arctic ‘locked-in’ for 3 to 5 °C temperature rise, UN report warns, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finland has a ‘big responsibility’ for biodiversity loss, says researcher, Yle News

Iceland: Environmental groups call for action on black carbon pollution, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents observer

Russia: Nornickel promises to slash toxic smelter emissions in northwest Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden ‘too slow’ in meeting emissions goals: climate report, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s largest city unveils climate plan calling for 80 percent emissions cut by 2050, Alaska Public Media

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