China caused a two percent surge in global CO2 emissions after joining the UN climate pact

Carbon emissions are expected to hit a record level this year, with China leading a 2 percent surge after three years of stagnant to slight increases, The New York Times reports.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia partnered with the Global Carbon Project to study global emissions, thought to be peaking after years of little change. China’s emissions, however, will rise by a projected 3.5 percent in 2017, mainly due to burning coal, according to TheNYT.

“China is the biggest emitter, so whatever happens in China has an immediate imprint on the globe,” University of East Anglia’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Director Corinne Le Quere told the Washington Examiner. “The big question is whether this is a new trend in China or just this year. It looks a bit more like it may be a one-year blip, with activity slowing towards the end of the year, but it’s too early to know for sure.”

The new report disputes a study by the international environmental group Greenpeace. The Greenpeace study predicted China’s emissions would fall by 1 percent in 2017, which the organization used to laud China for “taking the lead on climate change,” the UK Express reported at the time.

“China is ploughing money into renewables and reining in its addiction to coal,” Greenpeace Global Policy Adviser Li Shuo told the Express. “These trends give some hope that the global peak in emissions might well be within reach but only if all major emitters break free from fossil fuels and reduce emissions.”

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  • reagangs

    Sounds like a bunch of smoke and mirrors to me. But, hey, China still worships Mao Zedong, so be careful what you read and see about communist China, and especially their little short fat brat in N Korea. It may be time for the Big Brother and Sister on the block to do something about the spoiled brat trouble maker.

  • MarcJ

    Our former (thank God!)
    Marxist Muslim President B. Hussein Obama from Kenya bestowed $50 million of
    our money to the United Nations Climate Change fund organized by that criminal
    Paris Conference comedy. In hasty preparation for that conference the fakers
    “recalibrated” their thermometers and “modified” their computer programs
    RETROACTIVELY to “demonstrate’ further warming. Mr. Trump – PLEASE – nullify
    this waste of our money and stop that socialist conspiracy! Well – miracle: he
    has done it!

  • Jakaleca

    Good. I am in agreement with the scientific research which strongly suggests that our planet is in something of a CO2 famine right now.

    I was also in Washington, DC, working AV for these adversarial NGOs tried whipping up the Anthropogenic Global Warming LIE. It has to be as thoroughly discredited by now as any scientific hypothesis can be; and that IS THE PROBLEM.

    Climate Change (DUE TO HUMAN CO2) is NO LONGER a SCIENTIFIC HYPOTHESIS; it is a bald faced lie, and the scoundrels promoting it need to be rounded up and help accountable for conspiracy and collusion under the RICO act.

  • jameshrust

    Obama twice gave $500 million to the UN before he left office to be paid to Global Climate Fund. We would be on the hook for $22 billion annual from 2020 if we stayed in the Paris Agreement