A new report projects that annual global carbon emissions will reach an all-time high this year. The new data has been produced for an annual report called the Global Carbon Budget. It's produced by The Global Carbon Project, an international research project on global sustainability.
The report says this year's record fossil fuel emissions are mostly due to an increase in global coal use, which could soon exceed its 2013 peak if growth continues. It also projects increased emissions from transport, including aviation.
The report highlights China, the US, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Canada as the biggest emitters. The EU as a whole ranks third. China's emissions are projected to have increased by around 4.7% this year, accounting for more than a quarter of all global emissions.
The US accounts for 15% of emissions, and after years of decline, they are projected to have increased by about 2.5%. That's largely down to an increase in car journeys, and in the use of natural gas for power. The EU is responsible for 10% of all global emissions and will see a small drop this year. While its use of coal and gas are projected to have fallen, fuel used for transport has grown by about 4%.
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