CO2 rise puts pressure on Paris targets
World carbon emissions in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause for the rise has been greater use of coal in China.
It indicate that in 2017 emissions of CO2 from all human activities grew by about 2% globally.
The Global Carbon Project found 21 countries — including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Sweden — have managed to cut their emissions significantly while growing their economies over the past decade.
Under the Paris agreement, China has pledged that its overall emissions will peak by 2030. China’s emissions growth appeared to be slowing in 2017, while India’s carbon dioxide emissions increased just 2 percent this year, in contrast to the 6 percent annual growth seen over the past decade.
Another important factor in China has been lower water levels in rivers which have seen a drop in the amount of electricity made from hydro-power, with utilities turning to coal and gas to make up the shortfall.
US emissions have continued to decline but the fall has been less than expected. Higher prices saw a drop in the use of natural gas for electricity – with renewables and hydro-power picking up the slack.
What was Paris Agreement?
- Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. It is responsible for the increase in extreme weather events.
- Due these severe climatic conditions 180 countries including Paris decided in wording to keep global temperature increase well below 2C and if possible, below 1.5C.
- This is what the meeting in December 2015 was all about, On April 22, 2016, the Paris Agreement was opened for signature at the United Nations Headquarters in New York .The Agreement will remain open for signature until April 2017.
Current Status of Paris Agreement
- 170 Parties have ratified of 197 Parties to the Convention.
- The first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) took place in Marrakech, Morocco from 15-18 November 2016.