Car­bon pause

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

The world’s car­bon diox­ide emis­sions re­main stalled for a third con­sec­u­tive year, with the United States and Rus­sia de­creas­ing their out­put by 2 per­cent in 2016.

Ja­pan cut its car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 1 per­cent; those pro­duced by Europe and China held steady.

In­dia’s emis­sions in­creased by 5 per­cent.

De­spite the over­all pause in the growth of the world’s most per­va­sive green­house gas pol­lu­tion, emis­sions of methane and ni­trous ox­ide con­tin­ued to in­crease.

Methane can trap 30 times more heat in the at­mos­phere than car­bon diox­ide; ni­trous ox­ide traps 300 times more.

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