The European Commission’s Joint Research Center and the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency published a report July 18 concluding that global carbon dioxide emissions increased by 3 percent in 2011 to record levels, principally driven by rises in China. The report, The Trends in Global CO2 Emissions: 2012 Report, showed that worldwide energy-consumption-related emissions in 2011 were 34 billion metric tons, up from 33 billion in 2010. Chinese per-capita emissions stand at 7.2 metric tons, only slightly less than the European Union level of 7.5 metric tons, and ahead of a number of EU countries, now produce 29 percent of global emissions.