Pollution rose by three percent last year, leading scientists to worry that it will be more difficult to limit global warming.
The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.
Last year, all the world’s nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to new international calculations on global emissions published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That’s about a billion tons more than the previous year…
Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria in Canada…said: “We are losing control of our ability to get a handle on the global warming problem.”