Global Carbon Emissions Reach Highest Level in Recorded History

Global Carbon Emissions Reach Highest Level in Recorded History

The report showed that global fossil Carbon dioxide emissions (fossil fuels, industry and cement) grew at over 3% per year in the 2000s, but growth had slowed since 2010, and from 2014 to 2016, emissions remained relatively flat with only a slight increase. "Investment in electric vehicles needs to expand".

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.

These findings come from the 2018 Global Carbon Budget (GCB), published on Wednesday by the Global Carbon Project in the journals Nature, Environmental Research Letters and Earth System Science Data.

Guterres said in order to achieve that, global emissions from 2010 levels to 2030 must be halved.

But it said the United States "reiterates its decision to withdraw" from the landmark accord.

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.

"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".

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.

Globally, the Carbon dioxide emissions this year is likely to touch 37.12 billion tonnes, which is 2.7 per cent more than the previous year.

Oil and gas use have grown nearly unabated over the last decade. Emissions in the U.S. account for almost 15% of the global total and look set to have grown by about 2.5% in 2018 as compared to a year ago.

For the USA, it was a combination of a hot summer and cold winter that required more electricity use for heating and cooling.

The U.S. accounts for 15 percent of emissions.

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.

For example, in the European Union region, the amount of fuel used for flights and road transport has surged by 4% where it had been falling in previous years.

Some scientists expressed frustration with the pace of change. "We need to move beyond domestic political challenges so that we can collectively tackle the existential crisis", said Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change at ActionAid International.

"It's time to grow up and smell the coffee".

"If this is the most important issue of our time, as leaders repeatedly say, then why aren't they acting accordingly - and showing up for the climate talks?", he said.

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