Carbon Dioxide Emissions Growth has Stalled
Steady growth in emissions stopped in 2014-2015
Professor Corinne Le Quéré, a Canadian climate scientist, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia in the UK, led the team that produced the latest global carbon budget numbers. Her team found that - largely thanks to a slowdown in dirty coal burning, and a significant growth in renewables in China - global emissions growth had flat-lined for nearly two years. This is the first time emissions growth has slowed during a time when the global economy was still healthy.
Professor Le Quéré says it is too early to know whether this is a temporary pause, or a beginning of the emissions decline that we need, in the face of climate change.