UK's carbon footprint shrinks 7%
The UK produced 7% fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions during 2011, bringing the country's total output to a record 28.5% below 1990 levels, DECC has confirmedFinal figures published by the energy and climate change department, reveal that following a 3% increase in 2010, GHG emissions during 2011 resumed their downward trend, to levels below that of 2009.
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