Carbon Emissions in 2018 Grew Fastest in Almost a Decade

According to British Petroleum's recently released Statistical Review, last year worldwide CO2 emissions grew at the fastest rate in almost a decade. At a time when climate change is worsening, this trend is extremely worrying.

According to BP Chief Economist, Spencer Dale, the growth in emissions is partly due to increased electricity consumption because of the erratic weather experienced in 2018. The kicker - this erratic weather was caused by climate change.

In other words, climate change is creating its own feedback loop as humans attempt to counteract its effects. 

According to Dale: “If there is a link between the growing levels of carbon in the atmosphere and the types of weather patterns observed in 2018 this would raise the possibility of a worrying vicious cycle: increasing levels of carbon leading to more extreme weather patterns, which in turn trigger stronger growth in energy (and carbon emissions) as households and businesses seek to offset their effects.”
Most of the emissions growth came from China, India and the United States.

Global primary energy consumption grew by 2.9%. A sickening amount of this growth in energy consumption is derived from coal. While the use of renewables globally grew by 14.5%, this is off a base that is too small to offset the absolute growth in dirty energy consumption.

Overall, worldwide energy consumption continues its relentless path upwards reaching new record highs every year. The only time it reversed course was during the global financial crisis of 2008/2009. Unfortunately, energy consumption is clearly still inextricably tied to economic growth - a correlation that if not broken will eventually lead to civilization's demise.

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