World Car­bon Emis­sions on the Rise Again

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BONN (Dis­patches) - World car­bon emis­sions are set to rise 2 per­cent this year to a new record, sci­en­tists said on Mon­day, dash­ing hopes that global emis­sions had al­ready peaked.

Car­bon emis­sions had been roughly flat from 201416, but will in­crease this year mainly due to a rise in China af­ter a two-year de­cline, the sci­en­tists said.

Their data, pre­sented dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions among al­most 200 na­tions in Ger­many about de­tails of the 2015 Paris Agree­ment cli­mate ac­cord, are a set­back to a global goal of curbing emis­sions to avert more down­pours, heat waves, and ris­ing sea lev­els.

¨“The plateau of last year was not peak emis­sions af­ter all,” the Global Car­bon Project, a group of 76 sci­en­tists in 15 coun­tries, wrote of the find­ings.

Car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from fos­sil fu­els and in­dus­try, the bulk of man-made green­house gases, were on track to gain 2 per­cent in 2017 from 2016 lev­els to a record high of about 37 bil­lion tons, it said.

“Global CO2 emis­sions ap­pear to be go­ing up strongly once again ... This is very dis­ap­point­ing,” said lead re­searcher Corinne Le Quere, di­rec­tor of the Tyn­dall Cen­tre for Cli­mate Change Re­search at the Univer­sity of East Anglia in Bri­tain. Glen Peters, an­other leader of the study at the CICERO Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate Re­search in Oslo, said China’s emis­sions were set to rise 3.5 per­cent, driven by more coal de­mand amid stronger eco­nomic growth.

China, the top green­house gas emit­ter ahead of the United States, ac­counts for al­most 30 per­cent of world emis­sions. U.S. emis­sions were set to de­cline by 0.4 per­cent in 2017, a smaller fall than in re­cent years, also re­flect­ing more burn­ing of coal.

Coal’s gains were linked to a rise in the price of nat­u­ral gas that made coal more at­trac­tive in power plants, Peters told Reuters, rather than the ef­fects of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pro-coal poli­cies. Trump plans to pull out of the Paris Agree­ment. World­wide “we are prob­a­bly in the level-to-up­wards di­rec­tion for emis­sions in the next years rather than level or down­wards,” Peters said, be­cause of stronger global gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) growth.

Richard Black, di­rec­tor of the Energy and Cli­mate In­tel­li­gence Unit think-tank who was not in­volved in the study, said car­bon emis­sions per unit of GDP were fall­ing.

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