Who needs the Paris climate agreement? CO2 emissions are declining on their own

Posted: November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

As Gandhi taught, where people lead the leaders follow.

Watts Up With That?


Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.

The projected rise of only 0.2% for 2016 marks a clear break from the rapid emissions growth of 2.3% per year in the decade to 2013, with just 0.7 per cent growth seen in 2014.

The new data is published in the journal Earth System Science Data. It shows emissions growth remained below 1 per cent despite GDP growth exceeding 3 per cent.


Decreased use of coal in China is the main reason behind the 3-year slowdown.

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre at UEA who…

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  1. auntyuta says:

    “As Gandhi taught, where people lead the leaders follow.”
    However the break in emissions still is not enough as it says in that article:
    “Although the break in emissions rise ties in with the pledges by countries to decrease emissions until 2030, it falls short of the reductions needed to limit climate change well below 2 degrees Celsius.”

  2. Excellent point, Aunty. There needs to be a significant cut in emissions for the planet to escape catastrophic climate change. Yet I feel the ability of ordinary people to reduce the growth in emissions – without any support from the government of major polluters (US, China, India, Canada) – is an excellent start.

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