Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018

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Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018

Scientists announced this week that global emissions of carbon dioxide are reaching the highest levels on record, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are actually doing. Click here to read the full story. 

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 expected increase, which would bring fossil fuel and industrial emissions to a record high of 37.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, 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 of the European Union declined by just under 1 percent.

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