Car­bon gas emis­sions rise 2.7pc

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Global emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide mainly from fos­sil fuel burn­ing will rise 2.7 per­cent in 2018, sci­en­tists said Wed­nes­day, sig­nalling a world “com­pletely off course” in the fight against cli­mate change.

Last year, CO2 pol­lu­tion in­creased by 1.6 per­cent after a three-year hia­tus that raised hopes man­made green­house gas emis­sions had fi­nally peaked de­spite an ex­pand­ing world econ­omy.

“This growth in global CO2 emis­sions puts the goals set out in the Paris Agree­ment in jeop­ardy,” lead author Corinne Le Quere, di­rec­tor of the Tyn­dall Cen­tre of Cli­mate Change Re­search at the Univer­sity of East Anglia, said in a state­ment.

“Ef­forts to de­car­bonise need to be ex­panded through­out the econ­omy.”

The find­ings, co-au­thored by a team of nearly 80 sci­en­tists, were pub­lished in the jour­nal Open Ac­cess Earth Sys­tem Sci­ence Data. Rapid de­ploy­ment of so­lar and wind power, along with gains in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, have been out­paced by growth in de­mand for freight, per­sonal trans­port, ship­ping, and avi­a­tion, the re­search showed.


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