Global Carbon Emissions Reach Highest Level in Recorded History

Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

According to the GCB, the projections for 2018 put emission growth in India at 6.3% this year over 2017 followed by 4.7% rise in China and 2.5% in the US.

"The peak in global emissions is not yet in sight", it said.

The studies concluded that this year the world would spew 40.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide, up from 39.8 billion tons last year.

World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project, an worldwide scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Last year, Carbon dioxide pollution increased by 1.6% after a three-year hiatus that raised hopes manmade greenhouse gas emissions had finally peaked despite an expanding world economy.

A major step toward meeting goals set by the Paris Agreement would be to reduce emissions from transport, according to the report's lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, professor of climate change science and policy at the UK's University of East Anglia.




"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.

We all know that ongoing climate change is already causing negative health effects, and undermining the "right to health" represented in the Paris agreement.

Niwa atmosphere-ocean scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher said the world needed to be reducing emissions quite aggressively if it was to keep the temperature rise below 1.5C. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

"So, Paris commitments are not enough to reach the Paris goal. Now we're seeing a return to a trajectory of increased emissions, that's largely driven by Asia essentially".

- Emissions for the European Union, which has unveiled plans to be "climate neutral" with zero emissions overall by 2050, look set for a small decline of just 0.7 per cent.

The year 2018 will be second consecutive year of carbon emission growth after reporting a three-year hiatus (2014-16). "If you don't think you need to take action for the sake of climate change, make sure when you think about the planet you incorporate a couple of lungs, a brain and a heart".

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