News of the new network in the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced the day before, the 2016 global economic growth of 3.1%, the same year the carbon dioxide emissions of 321 tons, unchanged for three consecutive years, that human beings can without damaging growth, to achieve the purpose of curbing carbon emissions.
Human consumption of fossil fuels has led to an increase in carbon emissions and has made the planet warmer, limiting carbon emissions as the only way to prevent climate change, according to mainstream climate scientists.
IEA executive director Faith Birol said in a statement: This is a positive signal that economic growth does not necessarily mean an increase in carbon emissions. Three consecutive years of steady emission marking a new trend, which, market driven and technical improvements are important factors. Of course, it is still too early to say that global emissions have peaked."
Data show that in 2016, U.S. emissions fell by 3%, to the lowest level since 1992, the economy grew by 1.6%; China's emissions fell by 1%, the economy grew by 6.7%; European emissions and previously flat. The reason for the IEA survey is that the use of natural gas in the United States and China is increasing and coal consumption is decreasing. In addition, China has expanded the proportion of hydropower, wind power and nuclear power.
A senior researcher at the Norway Oslo international climate and environmental research center Glenn Bidds said: "three years of emissions growth is not node worthy of attention, we expect the emissions into the downward trend, and ultimately achieve zero emissions, to achieve this goal should be after 50 years. Although a good start, but now the most important thing is to ensure that emissions will not rise again."
IEA said that the suspension of growth in emissions of air pollution is positive, but still not enough to prevent global temperatures rise 2 degrees C. Researchers have argued that even the world's largest economy to take significant action to reduce carbon emissions, is still unable to turn the tide. Even if the emissions of fossil fuels has stabilized, but the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is still the hitherto unknown rate continues to rise, this is because there are other sources of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, including the melting of the ice and warm seas, and the emissions of carbon dioxide will stay in the atmosphere for a period of time. (source: Science and technology daily)