China and USA greenhouse gas levels to new highs

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

According to the Australia-based Global Carbon Project, New Zealand carbon dioxide emissions were 36 million tonnes in 2017.

Even a 2C ceiling above pre-industrial levels may not be enough to avoid catastrophic impacts, the UN's climate science panel concluded in a landmark report in October.

Last month, the United Nations released a separate report on the "emissions gap", or the mismatch between the Paris climate targets and the actions nations are actually taking to reach them. "We think that emissions are probably still going to go up for some years unless things change drastically".

While the largest changes this year came from China and India, Democrats are urging the United States to play their part in decreasing emissions.

In the list of 43, Turkey reported the highest increase in its total emission both in percentage (135%) and absolute (285 million tonnes of CO2) terms from 1990 to 2016.

Last year, Carbon dioxide pollution increased by 1.6% after a three-year hiatus that raised hopes manmade greenhouse gas emissions had finally peaked despite an expanding world economy.

In nations where emissions are already trending downward-the United States, for one-they must find ways to reduce their emissions even faster.

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But it raised its tariff on US cars to 40 percent earlier this year in retaliation for Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods. In midday trading, the Dow Jones industrial average had dropped more than 600 points or about 2.4 per cent.

Almost 200 nations are huddled at UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland until December 14.

G20 leaders on Saturday agreed a final communique after their summit in Buenos Aires, declaring that the Paris Agreement was "irreversible". The Trump administration has continued to roll back environmental regulations and insist that it will exit the Paris agreement in 2020.

A strong climate and health call to action for COP24 was issued by organizations representing over 5 million doctors, nurses and public health professionals and 17,000 hospitals; from over 120 countries. Brazil, which has struggled to rein in deforestation, in the fall elected a leader in Jair Bolsonaro who has pledged to roll back protections for the Amazon.

It also said that although global coal use is still 3 per cent lower than its historical high, it is expected to grow in 2018, driven by growth in energy consumption in China and India. However, emissions were stable for the three years before that. "Coal is still the mainstay of the Indian economy, and as in China, it will be a challenge for solar and wind to displace coal, given the strong growth in energy use", it said.

But Yang said that these areas were not representative of the whole country, and that China was generally on the right track.

Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace's climate change adviser, said the report underlined the urgent need for action.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres told representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Katowice, Poland.

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