The World Meteorological Organization said last week that 2018 was "on course to be the fourth warmest year on record" and pointed out that the 20 warmest years on record have all occurred within the past 22 years.
China's emissions accounted for 27% of the global total, and will likely show growth of 4.7% in 2018.
Last year, Carbon dioxide pollution increased by 1.6% after a three-year hiatus that raised hopes manmade greenhouse gas emissions had finally peaked despite an expanding world economy. "After low growth during 2014 to 2016, fossil Carbon dioxide emissions have now risen two years in a row, with a 1.6 per cent rise in 2017 and a projected 2.7 per cent (range 1.8 per cent to 3.7 per cent) rise expected in 2018, reaching a record high of 37.1 (plus or minus 2) billion tonnes of Carbon dioxide".
Study lead author Corinne Le Quere, a climate change researcher at the University of East Anglia in England, said the increase is a surprising "reality check" after a few years of smaller emission increases. "We are not seeing action in the way we really need to".
"Coal is still the mainstay of the Indian economy, and as in China, it will be a challenge for solar and wind to displace coal, given the strong growth in energy use", it said.
Although global leaders had given undertakings to reduce emissions, Mikaloff-Fletcher said "the fact there's all these words, but on a global scale we're still not doing it, that's a big worry".
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The rise in 2017 was 1.6%.
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Average global temperatures were 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels and projected to reach 1.5C within two decades at current rates of warming.
Globally, the Carbon dioxide emissions this year is likely to touch 37.12 billion tonnes, which is 2.7 per cent more than the previous year.
The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century, in not only addressing the health risks associated with climate change through mitigation and adaptation mechanisms, but also in helping ensure the attainment of the SDGs, which are integral to good health. Its data on 2017 emission shows China as the top emitter followed by the US, European Union (28 nations) and India.
China increased its emissions to 11.4 billion tons, while the US jumped to a shade under 6 billion tons.
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