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Carbon Emissions Spiked in 2018 Despite Coal Plant Closures

HeadlineJan 09, 2019

In environmental news, newly released data shows that carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. increased by 3.4 percent in 2018, the largest increase in eight years. The spike comes despite a large number of coal plants closing in the past year. Researchers say the increase can be attributed to a rise in emissions from transportation, buildings and factories. Last month, scientists said carbon dioxide emissions surged globally in 2018, describing the alarming trend as a “speeding freight train.”

In response to Tuesday’s report, May Boeve of 350.org said, “There are consequences to government inaction. … [W]ithout taking critical measures to cut fossil-fuel emissions much more drastically, we are locking ourselves into the devastating consequences of climate change, including rising sea levels, more severe hurricanes and storms, wildfires, and more. … With a new Congress in session, we demand they heed these warnings and step up to act at the scale of the crisis.”

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