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Further concern over increase in carbon emissions

27 November 2019

Figures released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) show that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas concentrations increased in 2018.

This places further emphasis on the need to cut carbon emissions, with calls for the World's largest economies to lead the way.

Although the UK was complimented on its commitment to reach nett carbon zero emissions by 2050 earlier this year, experts are calling for definitive action to begin.

The WMO said that CO2 levels had risen by slightly higher than average rates, compared with emissions over the last 10 years.

Levels of methane, nitrous oxide and other gases had also risen by above average increases, said the WMO.

The organisation additionally stated that there had been an increase of 43% in the warming effect of long-lived greenhouse gases since 1990.

Its research is based on examining concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere, rather than just emission levels.

Figures on absorption rates by oceans, land and forests state that these account for around 50% of carbon emissions.

The WMO figures use data from monitoring stations around the world to show the concentrations of gases remaining in the atmosphere.

Further details on the UK's plans to achieve its nett zero carbon ambitions by 2050 are awaited, with experts stating that energy use in facilities of all types will be a major area of concentration in order to reduce emissions.


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