Each year in late November or early December, climate negotiators, NGOs and increasingly cities and businesses head to the annual climate talks. Typically coinciding with these negotiations is an announcement from the Global Carbon Project, which releases its annual data on carbon dioxide emissions, backed up by peer-reviewed publications. Carbon dioxide emissions are the largest contributor to human-induced warming, and, therefore, are one of the most critical signposts to watch.
This year’s numbers, which are the climate community’s first indication of 2018 carbon dioxide emissions levels, are out. The major takeaway is that we are not doing well. While renewables are surging, energy use from fossil fuels is still outpacing low-carbon sources. Here are a few highlights from the new data.