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Global Energy Use Advances at Fastest Pace Since 1973, BP Says

Energy consumption worldwide advanced at the fastest pace since 1973, driving greenhouse-gas emissions to a record and increasing the threat of climate change, BP Plc said in an annual report.

Use of energy rose 5.6 percent in 2010, rebounding from the recession’s drag on demand, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy report for 2011, released today. Increases in fossil-fuel consumption, which included a 10 percent jump in use of coal by China to a record 1.7 billion metric tons of oil equivalent, pushed emissions growth to its biggest jump since 1969, BP said.