Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are on the rise for the first time in four years as experts warn 'time is running out' to save our planet

Mail Online | 11/13/2017 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
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Global carbon emissions are on the rise again in 2017 driving by China's economic growth, after three years of little-to-no increase.

The 2 per cent rise in carbon dioxide coming from fossil fuels follows three years in which the world saw little to no growth in emissions.

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The rise in emissions has prompted scientists to warn that 'time is running out' on the ability to keep temperature rises to levels that could avoid dangerous climate change.

The figures point to China as the main cause of the renewed growth in fossil emissions - with a projected growth of 3.5 per cent this year.

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CO2 emissions are expected to decline by 0.4 per cent in the US and 0.2 per cent in the EU this year, smaller declines than during the previous decade.

These new figures will make for unwelcome news for policy makers and delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn this week.

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'Global CO2 emissions appear to be going up strongly once again after a three year stable period. This is very disappointing', lead researcher Dr Corinne Le Quéré, from the University of East Anglia said.

'With global CO2 emissions from human activities estimated at 41 billion tonnes for 2017, time is running out on our ability to keep warming well below 2ºC let alone 1.5ºC.'

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Increases in coal use in China and the US are expected this year, reversing their decreases since 2013.

'This year we have seen how climate change can amplify the impacts of hurricanes with more intense rainfall, higher sea levels and warmer ocean conditions favouring more powerful storms', said Dr Le Quéré.

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'This is a window into the future. We need to reach a peak in global emissions in the next few years and drive emissions down rapidly afterwards to address climate change and limit its impacts.'

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