Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row

(H/t Raining Sky) The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.

The report provides updated results on the continuous monitoring of the three main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).

Global GHG emissions continue to be dominated by fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which however show a slowdown trend since 2012, and were stalled for the third year in a row in 2016.

Russia, China, the US and Japan further decreased their CO2 emissions from 2015 to 2016, while the EU’s emissions remained stable with respect to the previous year, and India’s emissions continued to increase.

-Other greenhouse gases keep creeping up

Information on the other two greenhouse gases, methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), is only available until 2012, as international statistics on agricultural activities — the main source of these emissions — are not updated as frequently as on energy and industry-related activities.

Uncertainty is also higher for these emissions than for CO2emissions.

However, the data until 2012 shows a steady increase in global GHG emissions, with an overall increase of 91% from 1970 to 2012.

CH4 is mainly generated by agricultural activities, the production of coal and gas, as well as waste treatment and disposal. N2O is mainly emitted by agricultural soil activities and chemical production.

In the EU, 60% of the CH4 and N2O emissions are emitted by the top six emitting countries — Germany, UK, France, Poland, Italy and Spain.

The upward trend in CH4 and N2O emissions is also visible in the US, China, Japan and India which all recorded increasing GHG emissions.

Europe’s downward trend stalling

Over the past two decades, the EU28 has steadily decreased its CO2 emissions, which still represent two thirds of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2016, the EU’s CO2 emissions were 20.8% below the levels in 1990 and 17.9% below the levels in 2005. Since 2015, the EU’s CO2 emissions have stabilised, representing 9.6% of global emissions.

Country profiles

The report is based on the JRC’s Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), which is not only unique in its space and time coverage, but also in its completeness and consistency of the emissions compilations for multiple pollutants: the greenhouse gases (GHG), air pollutants and aerosols.

The new report contains country-specific fact sheets for 216 countries. The factsheets show the evolution of country-level CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2016 and the evolution of country-level GHG emissions from 1970 to 2012.

Read more at Science Daily

Comments (12)

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    G

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    Hmmmmm… A “stalling” trend, AND just three stories down on this blog another expert asserts that “doubling atmospheric CO2 would increase ‘heating by less than 0.01°K”.

    …And similar findings are becoming more commonly published (finally).

    Sounds like CO2 isn’t much of a “greenhouse” phenomenon at all. Certainly not like the sky is falling and we need immediate world socialism to fix it…

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    Spurwing Plover

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    And according to Al Bore the Ice Caps would be gone and Leonardo CiCaprio tells us that those who reject Global Warming are rejections the Truth and coming from some Hollywood Celeberty who plays the parts of made up persons in movies and a snake oil salesman selling his snake oil to the Gullible fools who like to hear his idiotic poem

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    David Lewis

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    The report that human emissions of carbon dioxide have stalled is very significant. According to NASA’s web site, the concentration of carbon dioxide has been increasing at a very steady rate since 2004. The graph hardly has a bump in it and is almost a straight line. Now, if mankind’s’ emissions have stalled for three years, shouldn’t that have an impact on the Earth’s CO2 level.

    This goes a long way to validate what many have been saying for years. In comparison to nature, man’s emissions of CO2 are insignificant.

    We already know there is very poor correlation between CO2 levels and warming. The period from 1910 to 1941 is one area that shows that. With this latest data on the stall of mankind emissions, we will probably be able to say that our emissions have a poor correlation with the earth’s carbon dioxide level.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Some researchers have said that historical proxy data shows that temperature increase precedes CO2 concentration increase. The biggest source of CO2 are termites and anything else that lives off dead organic matter. The warmer it gets, this activity increases.

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        David Lewis

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        The theory that temperature controls carbon dioxide is consistent with known science. Warmer water can hold less gas. This is true of carbon dioxide even though its interaction with water is more complicated. Just about any where that dead organic matter is wet, warmer temperatures will increase the metabolic rate of the microbes and thus CO2 release.

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    Hans Schreuder

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    The answers are here, peer reviewed and all: tech-know-group.com/papers/Role_of_CO2-EaE.pdf Quote:”Nothing in the data supports the supposition that atmospheric CO2 is a driver of weather or climate, or that human emissions control atmospheric CO2.” But hey, why look at data when a computer program can keep the gravy train of climate alarm on the rails?!

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    Squidly

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    Pffft… there’s no such thing as a “greenhouse gas”, oh, except perhaps gasses that they pump into actual greenhouses. Getting so tired of this worn out, debunked “greenhouse effect” nonsense. So stupid…

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    BillD

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    As we stop the acceleration in fossil fuel emissions, we will stop the acceleration in CO2 increase. If emissions stay steady at their current high rate, we will see a steady (not accelerating) increase in CO2. We need to sharply reduce global CO2 emissions.

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      JayPee

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      NO

      We need to sharply reduce the existence of
      parroting idiots like you.

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        Sonnyhill

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        Bill Duh Troll.
        Plants want more CO2. Give it to them.

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      David Lewis

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      Even man’s release of carbon dioxide where a significant factor in the atmospheric concentration, there is no reason to limit emissions. Of warming blamed on mankind, 40% occurred between 1910 and 1941 when carbon dioxide was at a lower level and not rapidly increasing. The current pause in warming is during a time of rapid increase in carbon dioxide concentration. There are other examples showing no or very little impact of carbon dioxide. If CO2 is not causing warming, then there is no reason to limit emissions.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Volcanoes effect our weather more then dose any SUV’s or backyard BBQ’s i can still remember when Mt St Helen’s Erupted back in 1980 and i live with in a 50 mile radius of Mt Shasta

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