Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018
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A booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers.
The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to boost a flagging economy.
But emissions from cars, truck and planes using fossil fuels continue to rise in all parts of the world.
Renewables have also grown this year, but are not keeping pace with the CO2 rise.
The research, carried out by the Global Carbon Project (GCP), says that this year's "strong" rise is projected to be 2.7%.
That's much bigger than 2017's 1.6%. This will worry scientists as they had seen CO2 emissions relatively flat for the three years before.
Unfortunately, it seems that not only are we not doing enough to address emissions, but that things are actually getting worse.
The US really needs to start doing something about transportation emissions:
One common factor across rich and poor countries alike has been the continued rise in the consumption of oil in the transport sector. In the EU, the amount of fuel used for flights and road transport has surged by 4%. In US, use of coal actually fell while fossil fuels used in car journeys rose by 1.4%.
"Apart from the coal story, the emissions from oil use in cars and lorries and trucks and aviation have not been abated at all," said Prof Le Quéré.
"They just keep rising and rising and that's associated with an increase in cars everywhere around the world."
At least in the EU we are doing something right:
I'm just waiting for pro-climate change to gain traction; it's inevitable. "Who wouldn't want it to be a little warmer during winter? It's already too cold."
My god-father literally already uses this argument. Link to the post here:
This is the same god-father who answered 'Agree' to the question 'Is your race superior to other races?" in a political quiz. Oh dear!
We should really just collectively laugh any suggestions like that off. It's dumb.
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