Back in 2019, the global energy-linked carbon dioxide emissions paused significantly, according to the International Energy Agency’s recent report. Such a thing is a good reason for some optimism, but we should expect it to be only temporary.
Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
To avoid the highest cases of climate change, we should start reducing as much as possible out carbon dioxide emissions. Also, our actions must begin as quickly as possible. In 2015, the Paris Agreement developed a target cap on warming this century and drafted the mass of carbon dioxide emission cuts that must reach that aim.
A growth of 2C above pre-industrial rates was established as the secure limit, which would need carbon dioxide emissions to be retained to under 42 gigatons by 2023. Unfortunately, we currently seem primed to reach way much past that, exposing ourselves towards the growth of as much as 3,4C by the end of the the century.
However, even if we’re well-aware of all those facts, the global emissions have continued to increase/yearly. Such a thing shows that not only did we not start to solve the issue, but we’re also making the situation even worse.
The Latest Reports on Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The recent IEA report stated that in 2019, global carbon dioxide emissions paused a little bit, reaching a 33 gigatons level, as the previous year. The report also details that the decreasing emissions had mostly occurred because of so-called “advanced economies.”
They’ve performed a shift to renewable energy sources. Solar and wind were also significant, as more countries showed how they switched from coal to natural gas.
Moreover, emissions loosened even thanks to drops in some areas, balancing an increase in others. The US, for example, hit some of the biggest emissions drops of any country, cutting by 140 million tonnes. The EA also dropped by 160 million tonnes, while Japan loosened emissions by 45 million tonnes.