Low Amounts Of Global Carbon Emissions Continue For Third Consecutive Year

Posted: Nov 14 2016, 8:13am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Low Amounts of Global Carbon Emissions Continue for Third Consecutive Year
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  • Low Amounts of Carbon Emissions continue for the Third Consecutive Year in a Row

Low amounts of carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have continued for the third consecutive year in a row. This is good news although it may only be temporary in its nature.

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels did not show much growth during the period from 2015 to 2016. That makes almost three years of pollution-free skies and it is a good sign.

Researchers as well as the rest of the world have something to rejoice about after all despite the dismal trends that have been popping up recently out of nowhere.

A 0.2% rise in carbon emissions in 2016 can be contrasted with emissions amounting to 2.3% in the decade till the year 2013. The year 2014 showed just 0.7% growth rate in this regard.

This novel information was published in the journal Earth System Science Data recently. The growth in emissions amounts to just below 1% while the total GDP is 3%.

The decrease of usage of coal in China is the basic reason behind the slow emission rate in the past three years. The third year of this continuing trend is something that has never happened before.

Especially, the high economic growth swing shows that this paradoxical situation has more behind it than meets the eye. While all this is a great boon for overcoming global warming, it still falls short of the required mark in the long run.

Global emissions of carbon need to decrease and not just remain stable for there to be any progress. China remains the largest contributor of CO2 emissions in the world.

As for the United States, it is the second largest contributor. Finally, the EU and India come up as the third and fourth largest contributors of this form of pollution respectively.

Many of these countries have pledged to slash the emission rates by the year 2030. Yet this is still a case of too little, too late. Climate change activists in Marrakesh are trying to do their best to stem the tide of carbon dioxide emissions in the future.

The problem is the weak carbon sinks which do not absorb enough of the CO2 emissions. Partially the CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans and the trees. El Nino contributed to lesser absorption of CO2 in recent times.

The atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have exceeded 400 ppm by now. Global warming is something which should be taken seriously since it is not a hoax. The challenges facing humanity in the 21st century can only be met head on and not by hiding one’s head in the sand like an ostrich.

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