Carbon Dioxide Emissions See Largest Jump in 7 Years: Global Carbon Project

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The increases follow a three-year hiatus from 2014-2016 when emissions were stable.

"This growth in global Carbon dioxide 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.

G20 leaders on Saturday agreed a final communique after their summit in Buenos Aires, declaring that the Paris Agreement was "irreversible".

These findings come from the 2018 Global Carbon Budget (GCB), published on Wednesday by the Global Carbon Project in the journals Nature, Environmental Research Letters and Earth System Science Data.

"Coal is still the mainstay of the Indian economy, and as in China, it will be a challenge for solar and wind to displace coal, given the strong growth in energy use", it said.

The U.N. chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.

With just 1°C of warming so far, Earth is blighted by raging wildfires, extreme drought and mega-storms made worse by rising sea-levels.

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We all know that ongoing climate change is already causing negative health effects, and undermining the "right to health" represented in the Paris agreement.

"While there has been positive progress on clean energy and electric vehicles, this is now too small to impact the onward march of fossil fuels".

The Paris accord set a goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius by 2030.

"Additional increases in 2019 remain uncertain but appear likely because of persistent growth in oil and natural gas use and strong growth projected for the global economy. The peak in global Carbon dioxide emissions is not yet in sight", the report said.

In particular, "the trends have a lot to do with the ups and downs of coal use in China", Le Quere told journalists in Paris.

Oil and gas use have grown nearly unabated over the last decade. China's emissions accounted for 27% of the global total, having grown an estimated 4.7% in 2018 and reaching a new all-time high.

A study released to coincide with the event warned that progress in adopting the pledges, which include Western nations transferring $100bn of their taxpayers" cash a year to poorer countries by 2020, was threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and the "America First' approach which saw the president announce the country's withdrawal from the agreement in June. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

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