Global CO2 Emissions To Reach Record High In 2019, Despite Slowing Down

Persistent Carbon Emissions Signal Global Climate Goal Is Out of Reach

Persistent Carbon Emissions Signal Global Climate Goal Is Out of Reach

The report, launched at a United Nations climate summit in Madrid, showed that growing appetite for oil and gas meant the world was still far from achieving the drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to avert catastrophic global warming.

The warning comes as envoys from almost 200 countries gather this week for United Nations-organized climate talks aimed at implementing the 2015 Paris agreement to limit emissions from fossil fuels and as a global protest movement calling for tougher action on climate change gathers momentum. While experts thought we hit a period of stabilization between 2014 to 2016, Carbon dioxide emissions rose in 2017 and have been rising ever since.

According to those numbers, India's carbon dioxide emissions in 2014 was 1.99 billion tonnes, while its total greenhouse gas emissions, which include other greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide, was 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Overall, around 45 per cent of Carbon dioxide emissions come from the energy sector, mainly electricity and heat production.

Overall, global carbon emissions from human activity are set to reach 43.1 billion tonnes in 2019.

Some 14% comes from deforestation and changes to the way land is used, and emissions were up 0.8 billion tonnes above 2018 levels, to six billion tonnes, with more fires in the Brazilian Amazon and Indonesia.

More than eight years in the making, the Carbon Tax Act is anticipated to result in a 33% reduction in emissions relative to the baseline by 2035.

The team also predicted US energy generation from coal will decline by a "remarkable" 13 percent from 2018, to levels not seen since 1965. "Natural gas is now the biggest contributor to the growth in emissions".

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In Europe, policies to increase the cost of carbon pollution drove a big drop in electricity generation from coal, while in the United States, the economics of cheap natural gas and more solar and wind have seen coal use fall despite President Donald Trump's attempts to boost the sector.

Though it's been framed as an alternative, most renewable energy being built around the world isn't actually replacing coal or other fossil fuel use at all.

World carbon emissions in 2018 and changes from 2008. New energy produced around the world today results in the same amount of Carbon dioxide pollution as it did three decades ago. Yes, the U.S.'s coal emissions decreased this year, and yes, India's coal emissions are projected to rise, but it's not accurate to say that countries like India are dragging us all down because they aren't decreasing their emissions.

"We need to deploy them faster and more quickly than we have to date, while providing additional energy to hundreds of millions of people still living in energy poverty", they said. Notably, China's per capita carbon dioxide emissions are now higher than those of the European Union (although historically they were not), while India's per capita emissions (2.0 tonnes per person) are about one eighth of those of the U.S.

Three years of nearly no growth in emissions between 2014 and 2016 raised hopes that carbon pollution had peaked - hopes undermined by the last two years of increases.

"A failure to promptly tackle the driving factors behind continued emissions growth will limit the world's ability to shift to a pathway consistent with 1.5°C or well below 2°C of global warming, the aim of the Paris Climate Agreement", said the report's lead researcher Professor Pierre Friedlingstein of the University of Exeter in a statement.

It's not impossible to do; there are about 20 countries whose economies have grown while their Carbon dioxide emissions have declined, including Denmark, Finland, and the US, and that's thanks to two things: energy use dropped because it became more efficient, and renewables offset or replaced fossil fuels.

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