Cli­mate re­al­ity check: Global car­bon pol­lu­tion up in 2018

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON>> Af­ter sev­eral years of lit­tle growth, global emis­sions of heat- trap­ping car­bon diox­ide ex­pe­ri­enced their largest jump in seven years, dis­cour­ag­ing sci­en­tists.

World car­bon diox­ide emis­sions are es­ti­mated to have risen 2.7 per­cent from 2017 to 2018, ac­cord­ing to three stud­ies re­leased Wed­nes­day from the Global Car­bon Project, an in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tific col­lab­o­ra­tion of aca­demics, gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try that tracks green­house gas emis­sions. The cal­cu­la­tions, an­nounced dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to put the 2015 Paris cli­mate ac­cord into ef­fect, puts some of the land­mark agree­ment’s goals nearly out of reach, sci­en­tists said.

“This is ter­ri­ble news,” said An­drew Jones, co- di­rec­tor of Cli­mate In­ter­ac­tive, which mod­els green­house gas emis­sions and tem­per­a­tures but was not part of the re­search. “Ev­ery year that we de­lay se­ri­ous cli­mate ac­tion, the Paris goals be­come more dif­fi­cult to meet.”

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