Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

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Fossil fuel emissions are estimated to grow this year by 4.7 percent in China, 6.3 percent in India and 2.5 percent in the United States and decrease by 0.7 percent in the EU. "The peak in global Carbon dioxide emissions is not yet in sight", the report said.

China continues to remain the largest emitter of the world, with its emissions in 2018 likely to reach 10.3 billion tonnes, an increase of 4.7 per cent from past year.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide mainly from fossil fuel burning will rise 2.7% in 2018, scientists said Wednesday, signalling a world "completely off course" in the fight against climate change.

The increase in emissions was calculated by the Global Carbon Project, a team of researchers from 50 universities and institutes who study energy statistics and economic forecasts.

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"Additional increases in 2019 remain uncertain but appear likely because of persistent growth in oil and natural gas use and strong growth projected for the global economy", the article said.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres said.

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"CO2 emissions are responsible for most of the climate change that has occurred and will occur".

And the dust is still settling from US President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris accord. These regions represent 40 per cent of global carbon emissions.

Niwa atmosphere-ocean scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher said the world needed to be reducing emissions quite aggressively if it was to keep the temperature rise below 1.5C. Its data on 2017 emission shows China as the top emitter followed by the US, European Union (28 nations) and India.

The United States will account for 15% of Carbon dioxide pollution in 2018, an increase of about 2.5%.

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- India's emissions have grown about 6.3 per cent, with coal, oil and gas all seeing an increase as the economy grows, although wind and solar are also on the rise.

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