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