Local News

    US carbon emissions see largest yearly gain in 8 years

    U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions saw a yearly increase of 3.4 percent in 2018, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday. 

     

    As United States manufacturing boomed, for instance, emissions from the nation’s industrial sectors — including steel, cement, chemicals and refineries — increased by 5.7 percent.

     

    The spike is the largest in eight years, according to Rhodium Group, an independent economic research firm.

     

    The data shows the US is unlikely to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement.

     

    Under President Donald Trump, the US is set to leave the Paris accord in 2020 while his administration has ended many existing environmental protections.

    Related Articles

    Close