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The Carbon Brief Profile: Canada

In the latest article in a series on how some of the world’s key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon Brief considers Canada’s... Read More

Country profiles | Oct 8. 2019.
Aerial view of coal power station at Walsum am Rhein, Germany.

Explainer: The high-emissions ‘RCP8.5’ global warming scenario

A sizeable portion of recent studies on future climate impacts have focused on a warming scenario called “RCP8.5”. This high-emissions scenario is... Read More

Explainers | Aug 21. 2019.
A liquified natural gas carrier ship off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Credit: Altin Osmanaj / Alamy Stock Photo.

In-depth: BP data reveals record CO2 emissions in 2018 driven by surging use of gas

Last year saw record levels of CO2 emissions, gas and oil use, and installations of renewable energy, according to new global data from oil giant BP. ... Read More

Global emissions | Jun 12. 2019.

Analysis: Why children must emit eight times less CO2 than their grandparents

Global emissions of CO2 need to decline precipitously over the next few decades, if the world is to meet the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global... Read More

Features | Apr 10. 2019.
A plane prepares for takeoff from London Gatwick airport at dawn. Credit: Roger Bamber / Alamy Stock Photo. AM1G59

Corsia: The UN’s plan to ‘offset’ growth in aviation emissions after 2020

Airlines around the world have recently begun to monitor their CO2 emissions as part of a UN climate deal. ... Read More

Global emissions | Feb 4. 2019.
Smoke billows from a coal plant and industrial facility in Datong, China. Credit: Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo. R86028

IEA: China and India to fuel further rise in global coal demand in 2018

Global coal demand is expected to grow again in 2018, driven by “strong” fuel burning in China and India, the International Energy Agency (IEA)... Read More

Coal | Dec 18. 2018.
A busy interchange overpass in Shanghai, China. Credit: Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo. EHW4TG

Analysis: Fossil-fuel emissions in 2018 increasing at fastest rate for seven years

Hopes that global CO2 emissions might be nearing a peak have been dashed by preliminary data showing that output from fossil fuels and industry will... Read More

Global emissions | Dec 5. 2018.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to activists with the Sunrise Movement, 13 November 2018. Credit: Sunrise Movement.

Explainer: Why some US Democrats want a ‘Green New Deal’ to tackle climate change

Update – 7 February 2019: The text of a green new deal resolution for the US House of Representatives has been released. A section has been added at... Read More

US Policy | Dec 3. 2018.
Solar farm under construction, Ontario, Canada. Credit: Avalon/Construction Photography / Alamy Stock Photo. P67K1D

UNEP: Limiting warming to 1.5C requires ‘fivefold’ increase in climate commitments

The world is far from being on track to meet its climate targets unless emission-reduction commitments are dramatically expanded, according to the... Read More

Global emissions | Nov 27. 2018.
Yosu Gas ship on Huangpu river before the skyline of Pudong, Shanghai, China.

In-depth: BP’s global data for 2017 shows record highs for coal and renewables

Renewable energy grew by the largest amount ever last year, while coal-fired electricity also reached a record high, according to new global data from... Read More

Global emissions | Jun 15. 2018.
Cattle round-up before shipping on a West Texas ranch. Credit: Luc Novovitch / Alamy Stock Photo. MDHE8J

Guest post: A new way to assess ‘global warming potential’ of short-lived pollutants

Dr Michelle Cain in a science and policy research associate on the Oxford Martin School’s programme on climate pollutants at the University of... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 7. 2018.
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