Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project have found that global carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) are rising again in 2017 following three years of “little or no growth”.

The data dashed hopes that CO2 emissions would begin to fall after three years of stability.

A 2% rise in the burning of fossil fuels is predicted, with China’s emissions rising by 3.5%.

Emissions from the European Union are expected to dip by 0.2%, while the United States is predicted to post a 0.4% decrease.

‘Amplify the impacts’

Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA, 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 2C let alone 1.5C.

“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.

“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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