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Steam rising from cooling towers at Ratcliffe on Soar power station, Nottinghamshire. Credit: Simon Annable / Alamy Stock Photo

Analysis: Fossil fuels fall to record-low 2.4% of British electricity

The share of electricity in Great Britain generated from burning coal and gas fell to a record-low 2.4% earlier this month, Carbon Brief analysis sho... Read More

UK policy | Apr 24. 2024.
Former US president Donald Trump at a Republican convention in California on 29 September 2023.

Analysis: Trump election win could add 4bn tonnes to US emissions by 2030

A victory for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election could lead to an additional 4bn tonnes of US emissions by 2030 compared with Joe Bid... Read More

US Policy | Mar 6. 2024.
Large machines stack coal in Jiangsu Province, China.

Analysis: Record drop in China's CO2 emissions needed to meet 2025 target

China's energy sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased 5.2% in 2023, meaning a record fall of 4-6% is needed by 2025 to meet the government's... Read More

China Policy | Feb 22. 2024.
The Russell Glacier in Greenland.

Q&A: Climate tipping points have put Earth on ‘disastrous trajectory’, says new report

The Earth is on a “disastrous trajectory” with “no adequate global governance” to deal with the scale of threats posed by climate tipping poi... Read More

Emissions | Dec 6. 2023.
Transport vehicles transfer coal a terminal in Jiangsu, China.

Analysis: Growth of Chinese fossil CO2 emissions drives new global record in 2023

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and cement have increased by 1.1% in 2023, hitting a new record high of 36.8bn tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2... Read More

Emissions | Dec 5. 2023.
Illustration depicting British troops being ferried across a river in Burma on rafts, dated 19th century. Image ID: HHEERK.

Revealed: Colonial rule nearly doubles UK’s historical contribution to climate change

The UK is responsible for nearly twice as much global warming as previously thought, due to its colonial history, Carbon Brief analysis shows. His... Read More

UK emissions | Nov 27. 2023.
British Empire Marketing Board poster from 1928

Revealed: How colonial rule radically shifts historical responsibility for climate change

Historical responsibility for climate change is radically shifted when colonial rule is taken into account, Carbon Brief analysis reveals. [anchor... Read More

Emissions | Nov 26. 2023.
Industrial chimneys spewing smoke and soot in the blue sky polluting the air and contributing to climate change.

UNEP: Humanity is still ‘breaking all the wrong records’ in fast-warming world

The world “must change track”, warns the latest “emissions gap” report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). If it fails to do so, add... Read More

Emissions | Nov 20. 2023.
Workers boat past solar panels in a floating solar energy farm in Jingzhou, China. Image ID: W791EX.

World’s electricity supply close to ‘peak emissions’ due to growth of wind and solar

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the global power sector grew just 0.2% in the first six months of 2023, with rapidly rising wind and solar outpac... Read More

Emissions | Oct 5. 2023.
Brent Delta oil platform being dismantled at Seaton Port, United Kingdom, on 5 April 2018.

Analysis: Shell admits 1.5C climate goal means immediate end to fossil fuel growth

Growth in oil and gas production ends immediately in Shell’s latest pathway for staying below 1.5C, new Carbon Brief analysis reveals. The admis... Read More

Emissions | Apr 20. 2023.
St Mary-le-Bow, London, 1757, by artist Thomas Bowles.

Analysis: UK emissions fall 3.4% in 2022 as coal use drops to lowest level since 1757

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3.4% in 2022, according to new Carbon Brief analysis, ending a post-Covid rebound.  Emissions fro... Read More

Emissions | Mar 6. 2023.
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