Carbon Emissions Reportedly Will Hit All-Time High

Carbon Emissions Reportedly Will Hit All-Time High

Carbon Emissions Reportedly Will Hit All-Time High

The article in Environmental Research Letters said Chinese emissions in 2018, compared to 2017, were estimated to have grown 4.7 per cent, with the U.S. up 2.5 per cent, the European Union down 0.7 per cent, India up 6.3 per cent, and the rest of the world up 1.8 per cent.

The projection puts global carbon emission at all-time high this year. The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent previous year, it said.

China produced 27 percent of global emissions a year ago, followed by the United States with 15 percent, the European Union with 10 percent and India at seven percent.

Even solid progress in Katowice on the Paris goals may not be enough to prevent runaway global warming, as a series of major climate reports have outlined.

Though he tweeted on the deal in the context of the current unrest in France where protesters forced the Emmanuel Macron government to postpone its steep fuel tax raise, the remarks further reinforced the US's intention to reopen the Paris Agreement.

The report says that growth in global Carbon dioxide emissions could put the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global rise in temperatures to within 2 degree Celsius of pre-industrial times "in jeopardy".

Global warming emissions targets vs actual
Global warming emissions targets vs actual

"Additional increases in 2019 remain uncertain but appear likely because of persistent growth in oil and natural gas use and strong growth projected for the global economy", the article said.

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources", Guterres said. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

The countries that signed on to the Paris accord, including Canada, committed to a goal of limiting the average global temperature rise to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius.

"Set against a background of collective delusions, partial accounting and just plain lies, emissions will continue to rise", said Kevin Anderson, a professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester.

The United States will account for 15% of Carbon dioxide pollution in 2018, an increase of about 2.5%. And while countries are using more renewable fuels and trying to reduce carbon from electricity production, emissions from cars and planes are steadily increasing, Le Quere said. Its data on 2017 emission shows China as the top emitter followed by the US, European Union (28 nations) and India.

In India, emissions are expected to grow by a solid 6.3 per cent in 2018, pushed by strong economic growth of around 8 per cent per year.

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