Global Carbon Emissions Reach Highest Level in Recorded History

Global Carbon Emissions Reach Highest Level in Recorded History

According to the Washington Post, China, India, and the United States all contributed to the rise in carbon emissions.

The projection puts global carbon emission at all-time high this year.

Last year, India's Carbon dioxide emissions had grown by 3.7 per cent, much lower than the average of about 6 per cent for the last 10 years, and this report had then said that it could have been partially attributable to demonetisation and GST.

CO2 emissions have now risen for a second year, the study's authors say, after three years of little to no growth from 2014 to 2016. "The goal of reaching a decarbonised economy by 2050 seems far-fetched today because we are still anchored in the high-carbon technologies and economic constructs of the twentieth century...", the report says. "But global energy growth, especially in oil, gas and coal, is effectively outpacing de-carbonisation efforts, fuelled by rising coal use and increasing demand for personal transport, freight, aviation and shipping", it said.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that Carbon dioxide emissions must drop 50% by 2030 - and reach "net zero", with no additional leakage into the atmosphere - by 2050 if the rise in Earth's temperature is to be checked at the safer limit of 1.5C.

"We are in deep trouble with climate change", United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said at the conference this week. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

The Paris accord set two goals.

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In particular, "the trends have a lot to do with the ups and downs of coal use in China", Le Quere told journalists in Paris.

A study released to coincide with the event warned that progress in adopting the pledges, which include Western nations transferring $100bn of their taxpayers" cash a year to poorer countries by 2020, was threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and the "America First' approach which saw the president announce the country's withdrawal from the agreement in June.

Globally, coal-fired power accounts for 40% of Carbon dioxide emissions, and more than two-fifths of the world's electricity.

China, India and the European Union are setting the pace.

- 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.

"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.

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