COP21: Carbon emissions ‘to stall or even decline’ this year

Lucas Valenzuela

For the first time since the global economy began to grow, scientists are expecting carbon emissions to stall and even decline. The trend can be attributed to China’s reduce use of coal as they account for 27% of all pollution. Moreover, the decline in CO2 emissions is due to an increase in renewable energy. The news broke out amidst the C021 conference occurring in Paris.

This news may come as a surprise to many, as we are constantly inundated with apocalyptic-like warnings about climate change. Despite the several challenges that lay ahead, I believe such news will inspire ordinary people to obliterate unsustainable. Since 2000, global emissions have grown annually by 2-3%. The slowdown has occurred while the global economy has grown by 3% in 2014 and 2015. The latter suggests that sustainable living and economic growth are not mutually exclusive.


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