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CO2 rise: Cars and coal

CO2 rise: Cars and coal 6 December 2018

Cars and coal help drive ‘strong’ CO2 rise in 2018 (via BBC News)

By Matt McGrath

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.

So what’s caused the rise?

While coal use remains below the historically high level of 2013, it has grown again this year. China, the world’s largest emitter saw emissions rise an estimated 4.7%.

At UN climate talks in Katowice, the lead researcher Prof Corinne Le Quéré, from the University of East Anglia, told BBC News that the rise in China was down to government activity.

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