India 4th Highest Carbon Dioxide Emitter, Emissions May Grow by 6.3 %

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Annual global carbon emissions will reach an all-time high this year, according to the Global Carbon Budget annual report released Wednesday.

"The peak in global emissions is not yet in sight", it said.

Last year, India's Carbon dioxide emissions had grown by 3.7 per cent, much lower than the average of about 6 per cent for the last 10 years, and this report had then said that it could have been partially attributable to demonetisation and GST. Emissions in the USA account for almost 15% of the global total and look set to have grown by about 2.5% in 2018 as compared to previous year.

After three years of nearly no growth, carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to increase by 2.7 percent in 2018, according to an annual report by the Global Carbon Project, an worldwide scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks emissions of greenhouse gases. This reverses a trend from 2014 until 2016, when global Carbon dioxide emissions leveled off after decades of growth.

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"The global rise in carbon emissions is worrying, because to deal with climate change they have to turn around and go to zero eventually", said Prof Corinne Le Quéré, at the University of East Anglia, who led the research published in the journal Nature. "Every year that we delay serious climate action, the Paris goals become more hard to meet".

"Coal is still the mainstay of the Indian economy, and as in China, it will be a challenge for solar and wind to displace coal, given the strong growth in energy use", it said.

"Emissions will continue to rise, rhetoric is increasing but ambition is not - we are completely off course", said co-author Glen Peters, research director at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo.

The 2015 Paris climate treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a goal that scientists say could soon slip out of our grasp if planet-warming continues to climb. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter.

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Niwa atmosphere-ocean scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher said the world needed to be reducing emissions quite aggressively if it was to keep the temperature rise below 1.5C.

"So, Paris commitments are not enough to reach the Paris goal". These regions represent 40 per cent of global carbon emissions.

The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century, in not only addressing the health risks associated with climate change through mitigation and adaptation mechanisms, but also in helping ensure the attainment of the SDGs, which are integral to good health.

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