Three years ago, the world's nations gathered in Paris
But new research published on Wednesday, while diplomats meet again in Poland to hash out of the details of implementing that accord, show the world is off track from meeting those goals, The Post's Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney report.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide are reaching the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between the international goals for climate change and what are the countries.
Between 2014 and 2016, emissions largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes appear to have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent.
The world's most populous countries.
The biggest emissions story in 2018, though, appears to be China, the world's largest emitting country, which grew its output of planet-warming gases by nearly a half-billion tons, researchers estimate. (The United States is the globe's second-largest emitter.)
The country's sudden, significant increase in carbon emissions could be linked to a slowdown in the economy, environmental analysts said.
"Yang Fuqiang, an energy adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council, to U.S. environmental organization.
The problem of cutting emissions is that it leads to difficult choices in the real world. A growing global economy unavoidably stokes more energy demand. For different reasons.
"India is providing electricity and energy to hundreds of millions of people," Jackson said. They have been ramping up in part because their economic growth has been slowing. They're greenlighting coal-based projects that have been on hold. "
Global growth is happening, researchers noted, even though renewable energy sources are growing. It's just that they're still too small as energy sources.
Like the United States. It's too much more than a year for those of the European Union.
In the United States, emissions in 2018 are projected to have risen 2.5%, driven in part by a very warm summer that is driven by the use of oil by low gas prices and bigger cars. U.S. emissions of gas and renewable energy, but that momentum is due to natural gas, at least temporarily.
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– Senate nears approving controversial energy panel pick: The Senate voted 50-49 on Wednesday to advance the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Every Democrat voted against the Energy Department.
Sen. Joe Manchin III, who was in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of the nomination. The pro-coal West Virginia Democrat, who has been changing his mind to changing the climate, according to Bloomberg News.
Other Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), came out to vocally oppose the nomination ahead of the final vote:
The Senate should not confirm Bernard McNamee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
McNamee has a long record of biased promotion of fossil fuels and hostility to renewables.
He published an op-ed ON EARTH DAY praising the benefits of fossil fuels. https://t.co/yKeasK2FJw
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 4, 2018
– EPA employees worried about climate science being black-and-blue by "red team-blue team" debate: In the case of a military-style debate, a debate on the sender, the daily Beast reports.
"I have been talking about the best football team of all time – after 4-5 years," Dan Costa, who ran the EPA's air, climate, and energy research program, wrote in a July 2017 email. Andy Miller, EPA's associate director for climate, replied: "One of the most argumentative participants only watches Australian rules football …"
– Oil watch: Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are scheduled to meet at the oil cartel's twice-yearly meeting in Vienna on Thursday that is expected to host more than 200 oil industry representatives, analysts and members of the media, the New York Times reports.
The Trump effect: The Times writes it's to "tricky time" for the organization and the world's most abundant energy source … Adding to the uncertainty, any steps President Trump, who has been trying to influence the oil markets in more obvious ways than any of his predecessors. "
What is expected to result from the meeting? Some possible outcomes:
- "A monitoring committee of OPEC and its allies, including two sources familiar with the discussions," Reuters reports.
- CNN Business adds. "But some analysts say Saudi Arabia may try to be a member of the OPEC members." There's also the chance of no production cut, though CNN adds analysts say "this is the least likely outcome. "
Meanwhile, Trump continued on Wednesday morning ahead of the meeting to the pressure of other oil-producing nations pump yet more oil:
Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018
– Californians return to ruin: Camp Fire. Raging Camp Fire. Now, they're beginning to return to what's left. The fire itself, the deadliest the state has ever seen, killed at least 88 people and more than 10,000 structures in the region. 11 people are still unaccounted for following the deadly blaze. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
He writes. "Compounding the loss for the thousands of evacuees has been the purgatory of waiting to return. "Search and rescue workers, utility companies and other cleanups operations have been trying to make these communities safe for even the briefest of surveys. Cranes trimming trees and fixing power lines. "
– 150 minutes of hell: Here's a must-read story from the San Francisco Chronicle on a two-and-a-half hour of survival and disaster as a fire tornado tore through Redding, Calif. during the Carr Fire last July. "The story reads." The vortex of air is ripped around a column of rising heat. "A freak of meteorology, it would annihilate everything in its path, uprooting trees and crumpling electrical towers. "The tornado was an ominous glimpse of the extremes our warming climate will bring."
– Study finds plastic particles in all studied turtles: Microplastics in their gut. A new study that examined more than 100 sea turtles. "More than 800 synthetic particles were found in the turtles and researchers warned that the true number of particles was probably 20 times higher. Biology. "Synthetic particles were found in all animals, and the most common sources of these materials were tires, cigarettes, clothing and marine equipment, including ropes and fishing nets."
- The Senate Commerce, the Science and Transportation subcommittee on oceans, atmosphere, fisheries, and the Coast Guard is scheduled to be held in a changing arctic.
- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting.
- 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act on Dec. 11.
– Wise beyond her years: At nearly 70 years old, the oldest known wild bird returned to Midway Atoll, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says is "home to over 70% of Laysan Albatross," to lay eggs.
She's Baaaaaack! Wisdom – world's oldest known wild bird- returned to Midway Atoll NWR on 11/29 and laid an egg! Wisdom was first identified and banded by biologists as an adult in 1956 – making her at LEAST 6⃣8⃣ years old! #Wisdom (1) https://t.co/Iv8GZr5os9 pic.twitter.com/fC3sbHxmF7
– USFWS Pacific Region (@USFWSPacific) December 5, 2018