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2019-03-26. Emissions growth in United States, Asia fueled record carbon levels in 2018.

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:35 AM by Alan Gould
By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News, Science News. [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/emissions-growth-united-states-asia-fueled-record-carbon-levels-2018] For GSS Climate Change chapter 6. Excerpt: Global carbon levels reached a record high last year, as surging demand for fossil fuels in the United States and Asia sent emissions soaring, the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris said today. The 33.1 gigatons of energy-related carbon dioxide reported in 2018 represents a 1.7% increase over the previous year. It also means emissions have risen in each of the first two full years since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the world far short of the 26% to 28% cut in emissions targeted by 2025. “We see that there is a growing disconnect between those calls and what is happening in the real markets,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a call announcing the findings [https://www.eenews.net/assets/2019/03/26/document_cw_01.pdf]. ...Surging energy consumption fueled by strong economic growth in the United States and Asia was the primary cause of the emissions spike, .... Global energy consumption was up 2.3% in 2018, roughly double the average annual growth rate since 2010. ...Global natural gas consumption was up 4.6%, while oil rose 1.3% and coal increased 0.7%. China, India, and the United States accounted for 70% of all energy demand and 85% of the net increase in emissions, IEA reported....