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G20 CO2 emissions are almost back to pre-COVID levels


The Climate Transparency Report, compiled by 16 research organisations and environmental activists in the run-up to the Glasgow climate summit, shows that G20 countries will be close to pre-G20 levels by the end of this year.

Lundrim Aliu / World Bank via flickr
Lundrim Aliu / World Bank via flickr
While CO2 emissions fell by 6% in 2020, they will rise again by 4% at the end of this year.

The authors of the report note that the gradual recovery of industry after the 2020 lockdown has also led to an increase in harmful emissions. 

The G-20 countries are responsible for 75% of emissions and the largest contributor to the negative trend is China, whose energy system is 88% powered by combustible sources (coal, oil and gas). Coal's share in China is 60%, "well above the G20 average", the report says. Coal has also become more common in the US and India.

Overall, between 1999 and 2018, around 500,000 people died worldwide from climate change-related events, and economic losses amounted to $3.5 trillion.

source: reuters.com