CO2 Emissions Reached an All-Time High in 2018

Dec 07, 2018, 00:55
CO2 Emissions Reached an All-Time High in 2018

- India's emissions have grown about 6.3 per cent, with coal, oil and gas all seeing an increase as the economy grows, although wind and solar are also on the rise.

This week and next, nations are meeting in Poland to negotiate a set of rules for the Paris climate agreement, which will govern how individual countries' pledges are reported and enforced.

Annual global carbon emissions will reach an all-time high this year, according to the Global Carbon Budget annual report released Wednesday.

The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century, in not only addressing the health risks associated with climate change through mitigation and adaptation mechanisms, but also in helping ensure the attainment of the SDGs, which are integral to good health.

Lead researcher for the study, Professor Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, said the projected increase in emissions put the planet on a trajectory for global warming "that is now well beyond 1.5C". "At a time when we should be doing everything in our power to cut emissions, they're growing at a dramatic rate. Investment in electric vehicles needs to expand".

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China produced 27 percent of global emissions previous year, followed by the United States with 15 percent, the European Union with 10 percent and India at seven percent. There was a decrease from the European Union, but only by 0.7 percent.

US emissions are projected to grow by about 2.5 percent in 2018, despite an otherwise downward trend-and continued declines for coal-in large part due to growth in oil and natural gas and a year marked by unusually severe winter and summer weather.

This year's growth in emissions has been attributed to the strong economic growth.

Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace's climate change adviser, said the report underlined the urgent need for action.

However, the report's findings were not uniformly bleak for green businesses and climate campaigners.

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"While there has been positive progress on clean energy and electric vehicles, this is now too small to impact the onward march of fossil fuels".

It found most countries are deploying decarbonisation policies, but are making mixed progress across the five areas.

In broad-brush terms, the reason for 2018's spike in emissions boils down to this: Humans are developing renewable energy sources - and adopting energy-conserving technologies - at a fast pace, but we're increasing our consumption of fossil fuels even faster. The report was authored by 76 scientists from 57 research institutions in 15 countries.

"It is not enough to support renewables", she added.

The news global greenhouse gas emissions are rising had been widely expected, but it should still send shockwaves around the UN Summit.

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