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Global emissions

LATEST IN GLOBAL EMISSIONS

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‘Top 1%’ of emitters caused almost a quarter of global emissions since 1990

Just 1% of the world’s population was responsible for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions over 1990-2019, new research finds. The study... Read More

GHGs and aerosols | Sep 29. 2022.
Open-pit coal mining at Cottbus Nord in Germany

Emissions from mining cause ‘up to £2.5tn’ in environmental damages each year

Greenhouse gas emissions from global mining and resource extraction result in up to £2.5tn ($3tn) in damages worldwide every year, according to a ne... Read More

Emissions | Jul 6. 2022.
Plantation worker watches as a truck unloads freshly harvested oil palm fruit bunches at a collection point in Borneo

‘Food miles’ have larger climate impact than thought, study suggests

Global “food miles” emissions are higher than previously thought – accounting for nearly one-fifth of total food-system emissions – new resea... Read More

Food and farming | Jun 20. 2022.
Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya

Eradicating ‘extreme poverty’ would raise global emissions by less than 1%

Lifting hundreds of millions of people out of “extreme poverty” – where they live on less than US$1.90 per day – would drive a global increas... Read More

People | Feb 14. 2022.
Soy plantation in Amazon rain forest, Brazil

Global CO2 emissions have been flat for a decade, new data reveals

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels and cement have rebounded by 4.9% this year, new estimates suggest, following a Covid-related... Read More

Global emissions | Nov 4. 2021.
Natural gas is flared off as oil is pumped in the Bakken shale formation, North Dakota, USA

Guest post: The Global Methane Pledge needs to go further to help limit warming to 1.5C

At the COP26 summit in Glasgow today, US president Joe Biden and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen officially launched the Global Me... Read More

COP26 Glasgow | Nov 2. 2021.
People wearing protective masks are seen at a busy street in Manila, March 2021

UNEP: Current climate commitments are ‘weak promises, not yet delivered’

Despite stronger climate policy and higher ambition in the latest national pledges, there is still a large gap between near-term commitments under th... Read More

Global emissions | Oct 26. 2021.
Halifax in the early 1900s

Analysis: Which countries are historically responsible for climate change?

Historical responsibility for climate change is at the heart of debates over climate justice. History matters because the cumulative amount of car... Read More

Emissions | Oct 5. 2021.
A hot steel billet is removed from furnace as a cold billet waits in foreground

Guest post: These 553 steel plants are responsible for 9% of global CO2 emissions

The iron and steel industry is responsible for 11% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and will need to change rapidly to align with the world... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 29. 2021.
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Explication: Le réchauffement climatique s'arrêtera-t-il dès que les émissions nettes seront nulles?

Les médias affirment souvent que le monde est confronté à un "réchauffement déjà acté pour l’avenir” en raison des émissions passées, ce... Read More

Emissions | May 7. 2021.
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Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached?

Media reports frequently claim that the world is facing “committed warming” in the future as a result of past emissions, meaning higher temperatu... Read More

Emissions | Apr 29. 2021.
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