Stronger Chinese economic growth will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017 after remaining flat for three years, dashing tentative hopes of a turning point in the world’s efforts to curb climate change. A new report by the Global Carbon Project, an international research consortium, predicts that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry will rise 2% this year. The report was released at the UN climate change meeting in Bonn on Monday. The increase – largely caused by China and developing countries – suggests the world is straying further from the course set at the landmark UN conference in Paris two years ago, according to the Financial Times. Countries agreed at the time to limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than two degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial era. But scientists warn that the emission reduction pledges made by individual governments since then do not go far enough to secure that overarching goal.
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