The reports showed that 2018 has brought the all-time high in carbon dioxide emission with a 3% increase from the previous year due to the use of coal and transportation in China
Renewables Grow but Cannot Keep Pace with Carbon Dioxide Emission
Although the Global Carbon Project has examined an increase in the use of renewable sources, the use of fossil fuels for cars, trucks and planes have increased the overall output by 2.7%. This is especially alarming, considering that 2017’s 1.6% increase was already disappointing.
China’s Carbon Dioxide Emission
Whilst already being the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, China has increased its emissions by a further 4.7%. The UN has studied the possible causes of this escalation in carbon dioxide emission, and it has been narrowed down to government activity. The government’s policy is to even further develop its economy which is heavily based on heavy industries – including coal and steel. Booming economies are a relatively frequent claimed to be the biggest causers of increased carbon dioxide emission, therefore India has also been near the top of the group. The developing economy has seen India’s carbon dioxide emission grow by a hard 6.3% – on the other hand, there was also a low rate of increase in renewable growth.
How Does the Transportation Sector Influence the Carbon Dioxide Emission?
Cars are evidently harming our environments not only in developing but in developed countries. The EU has been a big contributor to the carbon dioxide emission through the transportation services, as the fuels for cars and flights have increased by 4% recently. Other than the need for increased transport and communication, people have demanded bigger cars (with higher fuel consumption) for longer travelling distances.
Can we Reduce the Carbon Dioxide Emission to Reach Our Targets?
The rise in carbon dioxide concentration has not been good news, as scientists are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the idea that global emissions must fall by 2020 to reach the goals set out by the Paris agreement. The rates that were agreed on three years ago are almost outdated as the carbon dioxide emission in 2017 has been significantly big – yet it cannot be argued that it was an anomalous year, as 2018 is predicted to be worse.
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