China and United States greenhouse gas levels to new highs

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According to the Washington Post, China, India, and the United States all contributed to the rise in carbon emissions.

"With this year's growth in emissions, it looks like the peak is not yet in sight". The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent past year, it said.

An article published on Thursday in Environmental Research Letters said carbon dioxide emissions from human activities were expected to grow 2.7 per cent in 2018, following growth of 1.6 per cent in 2017.

"This growth in global Carbon dioxide emissions puts the goals set out in the Paris Agreement in jeopardy", lead author Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre of Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, said in a statement.

China continues to remain the largest emitter of the world, with its emissions in 2018 likely to reach 10.3 billion tonnes, an increase of 4.7 per cent from previous year. "The goal of reaching a decarbonised economy by 2050 seems far-fetched today because we are still anchored in the high-carbon technologies and economic constructs of the twentieth century...", the report says. They are set to achieve more than what they agreed to in the first round of Paris Agreement in 2015, it said.

We all know that ongoing climate change is already causing negative health effects, and undermining the "right to health" represented in the Paris agreement. Most of that growth can be traced to an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter. "If you don't think you need to take action for the sake of climate change, make sure when you think about the planet you incorporate a couple of lungs, a brain and a heart".

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"So, Paris commitments are not enough to reach the Paris goal".

The almost 200 nations that signed up to the 2015 Paris climate deal must this month finalise a rulebook to limit global temperature rises to well below 2°C, and to the safer cap of 1.5°C if possible. Its data on 2017 emission shows China as the top emitter followed by the US, European Union (28 nations) and India.

Globally, the Carbon dioxide emissions this year is likely to touch 37.12 billion tonnes, which is 2.7 per cent more than the previous year.

He argued during a panel discussion that "this is evidenced by the results we have achieved in reducing emissions, in particular through increasing the forest cover and by supporting global climate negotiations".

- India's emissions have grown about 6.3 per cent, with coal, oil and gas all seeing an increase as the economy grows, although wind and solar are also on the rise.

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