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Pollutants rising too fast, report warns

Agency says rate of carbon release threatens Earth

WASHINGTON — Emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use rose 1.4 percent to 31.6 billion tons in 2012, setting a record and putting the planet on course for temperature increases well above international climate goals, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

Its report said continuing that pace could mean a temperature increase over pre-industrial times of as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit, which its chief economist, Fatih Birol, warned ‘‘would be a disaster for all countries.’’

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