IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. Emissions in the United States last year were at their lowest level since 1992, a period during which the economy grew by 80%.

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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Of the emerging economies, China and India rank 120 th and 177 th respectively, reflecting the strain population pressures and rapid economic growth impose on the environment, note the researchers. Sustainability outcomes among emerging economies remains highly variable. Substantial populations still suffer from poor air quality, most notably in India, China, and Pakistan.

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New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

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A new study finds that the growth of carbon production from Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, reflecting a “new phase of globalization” between developing countries that could undermine international efforts to reduce emissions. International trade increased by more than 50% from 2005 to 2015, with approximately 60% of the increase tied to rising exports from developing countries.

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UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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Substantial emission reductions due to fuel economy standards for passenger cars are already included in the current policy scenario. Ten countries make up approximately 85% of the entire coal pipeline: China, India, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Republic of Korea.

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