Cars and coal help drive ‘strong’ CO2 rise in 2018

Fiji Sun - - World News - New York: BBC

A boom­ing global mar­ket for cars has helped drive CO2 emis­sions to an all-time high in 2018, say re­searchers. The main fac­tor in the near 3 per cent rise has been coal use in China, driven by gov­ern­ment ef­forts to boost a flag­ging econ­omy. But emis­sions from cars, trucks and planes us­ing fos­sil fu­els con­tinue to rise in all parts of the world Re­new­ables have also grown this year, but are not keep­ing pace with the CO2 rise. The re­search, car­ried out by the Global Car­bon Project (GCP), says that this year’s “strong” rise is pro­jected to be 2.7%. That’s much big­ger than 2017’s 1.6%. This will worry sci­en­tists as they had seen CO2 emis­sions rel­a­tively flat for the three years be­fore.

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