Worldwide Carbon Emissions Projected to Rise Again This Year

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This stands in contrast to sustained increases of over 6 per cent per year during the past decade.

But this year's figures suggest that the keenly anticipated global peak in emissions - after which greenhouse emissions would ultimately begin to decline - has yet to arrive.

China, "many political analysts" agree, is picking up the slack, according to the Times.

The bump is driven largely by China, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of emissions worldwide. China is the biggest polluter in the world.

"The slowdown in emissions growth from 2014 to 2016 was always a delicate balance, and the likely 2 percent increase in 2017 clearly demonstrates that we can't take the recent slowdown for granted", Robbie Andrew, a co-author of the study and a senior researcher at Norway's CICERO Center for International Climate Research, said in a statement.

Another contributing factor was a decline in hydropower in 2017 caused by flooding and drought in southern China that required more coal power to be brought online. Coal use there is up an estimated 3 percent, oil use is up 5 percent and natural gas use is up almost 12 percent.

In papers released by the Global Carbon Project, scientists predicted that emissions from human activity would rise by about 2 percent this year, to 41 billion tons.

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The uptick follows three years of relatively flat emissions. "As a result, China's long term Carbon dioxide emissions trends are unclear at best". However, this will be easier said than done as energy demands will rise and even further renewable energy commitments are needed.

"China can continue to play a leading role in the global climate debate, despite this short-term increase of emissions, which is temporary", he said.

US emissions were set to decline by 0.4 per cent in 2017, a smaller fall than in recent years, also reflecting more burning of coal. We estimate this will help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030. The 2017 growth may result from economic stimulus from the Chinese government, and may not continue in the years ahead.

Germany's Energiewende policy has made things worse for the climate by shutting down carbon-free nuclear capacity and locking in the dependency on coal burning for decades, despite hundreds of billions in investments and subsidy-schemes. "USA withdrawal from Paris accord offers China chance to lead world on climate change", said CBS. China is the largest producer of battery-powered cars. It plans to reduce levels of harmful particulates (PM2.5s) over by 15 per cent.

Scientists at the Global Carbon Budget attribute this year's increase to a record-high burning of fossil fuels around the world, especially in countries like China and India, which have failed to curb fossil fuel use as quickly as predicted.

Li Shuo, of Greenpeace China, said the projected rise in emissions would not affect China's overall trajectory toward slowing emissions at home and stepping up diplomatically.

The emissions from fossil fuel burning and industrial uses are projected to rise by up to 2 percent in 2017, as well as to rise again in 2018, the scientists told a group of worldwide officials gathered for a United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany. This requires net zero global emissions soon after 2050.

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