Global emissions continue to climb as pressure mounts for greater EU ambition

The world is set to have emitted a record high level of carbon dioxide in 2019, with emissions forecast to be up by 0.6% on 2018 levels, according to figures released during the UN climate talks in Madrid.

Research by the Global Carbon Project shows that the increase in emissions for 2019 will likely be considerably slower than the previous two years, but that the world is still a long way off the rapid cuts to emissions required to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. 

The researchers estimate that emissions in the EU will fall by 1.7% this year compared to 2018, largely thanks to a 10% decline in emissions from coal and stable cement emissions. However, the study notes there is considerable uncertainty over coal emissions, while natural gas and oil use continues to rise.

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