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The Morning Briefing: Carbon emissions

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about carbon emissions.

1.) Global carbon emissions climbed to a record last year, IWR says. Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels rose 2.5 percent to a record last year on surging pollution in China, Germany’s IWR research institude said.

2.) The energy policy conflict at the heart of government. Decarbonisation of electricity must be delivered at any cost, but the U.K. Treasury and Decc are exploring fundamentally different questions.

3.) California to hold first carbon emission permit sale. California is set to hold its first sale of carbon emissions permits -- an experiment that it hopes will serve as a model for other US states and the federal government.

4.) EU carbon market needs quick fix and deep reform. The European Union must agree by the end of this year on a stop-gap measure to tackle the virtual collapse of its main instrument for cutting carbon emissions, the bloc's climate boss said on Wednesday.

5.) Carbon emissions make satellites move faster. It's a non-intuitive consequence of CO2 emissions and climate change.

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— By on November 14, 2012, 4:24 PM PST

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure