Global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are projected to rise again in 2017 after a three year interval, according to the Global Carbon Project.
The alarming projection for 2017 was revealed in a new report by the Global Carbon Project and published simultaneously in the journals Nature Climate Change, Earth System Science Data Discussions and Environmental Research Letters.
The Global Carbon Project (GCP) suggests that global emissions are set to grow by around 2%.
The GCP is a group of international researchers who assess both sources and sinks of carbon.
It has published an annual global carbon budget report since 2006.
It’s newly released global carbon budget for 2017 provides estimates of emissions by country, global emissions from land-use changes, atmospheric accumulation of CO2, and absorption of carbon from the atmosphere by the land and oceans.
Global emissions from all human activities will reach 41 billion tonnes in 2017, following a projected two per cent rise in burning fossil fuels, according to the report.
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.
CO2 emissions are expected to decline by 0.4 per cent in the US and 0.2 per cent in the EU, smaller declines than during the previous decade, the report said.
Increases in coal use in China and the US are expected this year, reversing their decreases since 2013, it added.