Emissions still rise

Global fossil CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 2.7 per cent in 2018 according to the Global Carbon Project (GCP). This is on top of 2017's rise of 1.6 per cent after being flat for the three years before.

Per capita rises are most severe in the Middle East and Asia, whilst within North America, Europe and Oceania they have decreased (albeit from high levels). Rising use of fossil fuels for energy and car use part of the issue, with rising populations adopting technologies and lifestyles that create carbon release.

Use of renewable energy sources has grown too but is not currently balancing the emissions increase, further placing the targets for containing temperature rises in jeopardy.

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