Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

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The emissions in the rest of the world, remaining 41 per cent of global emissions, are expected to grow by 1.8 per cent in 2018.

Emissions are on the rise with coal use, including a 4.5 percent increase in coal in China and a 7.1 percent increase in India.

Lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA, said in a statement: "We are seeing a strong growth of global Carbon dioxide emissions once again".

According to the Washington Post, China, India, and the United States all contributed to the rise in carbon emissions. The US accounts for 15% and its emissions are estimated to rise 2.5% this year "after several years in decline". By 2020, India can announce its own fossil-fuel exit strategy and a target date for its peak Carbon dioxide emissions, the study said. With this, it has risen for a second year in a row after little growth from 2014 to 2016. "Efforts to decarbonise need to be expanded throughout the economy".

"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".

India, the third-highest contributor, is projected to see emissions rise by 6.3% from 2017.

USA emissions are expected to resume their downward trend in 2019 as cheap gas, wind and solar power continue to displace coal. But the Communist Party needs unceasing economic growth to safeguard its legitimacy - so, it allowed its coal plants to increase production in 2018, for the sake of supporting (yet another) multi-trillion-dollar construction stimulus.


The finding on rich nations" emission is part of a report of the UN climate body on "progress and gaps' in pre-2020 targets of these countries.

"We're not going to see what we saw in China in the early 2000s" when that country overtook, and then doubled, emissions of the previous leader, the United States, she said.

Negotiators there face the hard task of coming to terms with the gap between the promises they made in Paris in 2015 and what's needed to control unsafe levels of warming - a first step, it is hoped, toward more aggressive climate action beginning in 2020.

Compiled by Imperial College London, the rankings assess 25 countries' performance on curbing fossil fuel use, deploying clean power capacity, electric vehicle uptake, carbon storage capacity, and energy efficiency.

The report comes alongside a new league table, released today, which ranks Denmark the top country globally for implementing five key measures and technologies for combatting climate change, closely followed by the UK, Canada, and the US. For example, while the United Kingdom performed well on carbon pricing, electric vehicles and renewables, it lags behind on carbon capture and storage capability (CCS), according to the analysis, which was commissioned by energy firm Drax.

"This is the challenge on which this generation's leaders will be judged", Guterres said.

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