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Fossil Fuels at Record High Use in 2017

Fossil Fuels at Record High Use in 2017
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By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 08:01 AM

The burning of fossil fuels is reaching a record high in 2017 after three years of flat growth, the Global Carbon Budget reported on Monday.

The 12th annual report, produced by 76 of the world's leading emission experts from 57 research institutions, stated that the use of fossil fuels are predicted to jump two percent by the end of the year, The Guardian reported.

Officials are expected to meet this week at a United Nations summit in Bonn, Germany where participating countries will be trying to make progress on Paris climate deal struck in 2015 that had aimed to lessen such emissions, The Guardian said.

"Global carbon dioxide emissions appear to be going up strongly once again after a three-year stable period," Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the United Kingdom's University of East Anglia and who led the new research, said in a statement.

"This is very disappointing. With global CO2 emissions from all human activities estimated at 41 billion tonnes for 2017, time is running out on our ability to keep warming well below 2 ºC let alone 1.5 ºC," Le Quéré said.

The Guardian said that China was the main reason for the increase, with the country expected to produce a 3.5 percent increase in emissions. A lack of rain has reduced low-carbon hydroelectric output while industrial activity has increased.

India also is expected to have a two percent rise in emissions while the United States and European Union are expected to have small decreases by the end of the year, the Guardian reported.

"This year we have seen how climate change can amplify the impacts of hurricanes with stronger downpours of rain, higher sea levels and warmer ocean conditions favoring more powerful storms," Le Quéré said.

"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."

Forbes magazine reported last year that while the world was experiencing a slowdown in the growth of carbon dioxide emissions, the world's lowering coal consumption was being offset by a nearly two million barrel per day increase in global oil consumption.

Oil consumption in the United States rose for the third consecutive year in 2016, coming within six percent of his record high consumption in 2005, Forbes said.

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