India drives global rise in Carbon dioxide emissions

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The report says that growth in global Carbon dioxide emissions could put the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global rise in temperatures to within 2 degree Celsius of pre-industrial times "in jeopardy".

Lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA, said in a statement: "We are seeing a strong growth of global Carbon dioxide emissions once again".

China, India and the European Union are setting the pace. Leaders at the conference also are trying to put in place a process for how countries measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions to the rest of the world in the years ahead.

"According to IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change), to limit warming well below 2 degree Celsius, CO2 emissions should decline by about 20 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero around 2075; to limit warming below 1.5 degree Celsius, CO2 emissions should decline by 50 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050..."

Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. "Efforts to decarbonise need to be expanded throughout the economy".

India's emissions, 7% of the total, continued their upward spiral, increasing more than 6%, with growth across all three major fossil fuels. The country now accounts for seven per cent of global emissions.

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"Under pressure of the current economic downturn, some local governments might have loosened supervision on air pollution and carbon emissions, " said Yang Fuqiang, an energy adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S. environmental organization. After years of declines, emissions are projected to have increased approximately 2.5 percent this year.

Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace's climate change adviser, said the report underlined the urgent need for action.

In nations where emissions are already trending downward-the United States, for one-they must find ways to reduce their emissions even faster.

The figures are the latest indication of how far the world is from meeting the goal set out in Paris in 2015 to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

"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".

A strong climate and health call to action for COP24 was issued by organizations representing over 5 million doctors, nurses and public health professionals and 17,000 hospitals; from over 120 countries. For example, while the United Kingdom performed well on carbon pricing, electric vehicles and renewables, it lags behind on carbon capture and storage capability (CCS), according to the analysis, which was commissioned by energy firm Drax. The scale of the decarbonisation challenge has never been greater and the optimism generated by the plateauing emissions achieved in the wake of the Paris Agreement is waning fast.

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