The Washington Post Sunday



Global emissions of carbon dioxide are reaching the highest levels on record, scientists projected, in the latest evidence of the chasm between internatio­nal goals for combating climate change and what countries are doing. Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes appear to have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent. The increase is being driven by a nearly 5 percent growth of emissions in China and more than 6 percent in India, researcher­s estimated, along with growth in many other nations. Emissions by the United States grew 2.5 percent, while those in the European Union declined by just under 1 percent.

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