While global carbon emissions are set to grow by 2.7% to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, the emissions from India, the third largest polluter, is to increase by 6.3% from 2017, says a new research.
According to researchers with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project, CO2 emissions have risen for a second year, following no growth between 2014 and 2016.
Growth in coal and oil and gas use are the major factors driving the rise.
Currently, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) is going on at Katowice, Poland, with representatives from more than 190 nations.
China, U.S., India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Canada are the ten top carbon emitters. The US, which withdrew from the Paris climate treaty, and accounts for 15% of the global total, saw a 2.5% rise in its carbon emissions.
“We are seeing a strong growth of global CO2 emissions once again. Emissions need to peak and rapidly decrease to address climate change. With this year’s growth in emissions, it looks like the peak is not yet in sight,” said Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA, and a lead researcher.