Carbon Dioxide Emissions See Largest Jump in 7 Years: Global Carbon Project

2018 – another record year for carbon emissions. Image by Carlos “Grury” Santos on Unsplash

2018 – another record year for carbon emissions. Image by Carlos “Grury” Santos on Unsplash

The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the USA (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), according to the projection by the Global Carbon Project.

Attenborough said: "Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change".

Frank Bainimarama, prime minister of Fiji and president of last year's Cop climate talks, said nations must act now to stave off disaster.

Global greenhouse gas emissions are on course to reach a record high after rising at the fastest rate for seven years fuelled by increases in the USA and China. "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.

The increases follow a three-year hiatus from 2014-2016 when emissions were stable.

Lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA, said in a statement: "We are seeing a strong growth of global Carbon dioxide emissions once again".

"Coal is still the mainstay of the Indian economy, and as in China, it will be a challenge for solar and wind to displace coal, given the strong growth in energy use", it said.

Mr Trump said his Mr Macron's decision means the French president has reached the same conclusion as his USA counterpart - that the global agreement reached by almost 200 nations in Paris in 2015 is "fatally flawed".

"This is awful news", said Andrew Jones, co-director of Climate Interactive, which models greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures but was not part of the research. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

The figures were revealed as negotiators meet in Poland to draw up a rulebook to deliver the Paris Agreement on climate change, under which countries agreed to limit warming to "well below 2C" above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to curb temperatures to the safer 1.5C level. The European Union spewed 3.9 billion tons and India soared to 2.9 billion tons. In U.S., use of coal actually fell but fossil fuels used in auto journeys rose by 1.4%.

Use of coal - the biggest carbon emitter - is rising. These regions represent 40 per cent of global carbon emissions.

"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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