By Walt Hickey Emissions In 2019, carbon dioxide emissions grew 0.6 percent to hit a total of 36.8 gigatons. Given that 2020 has been… unique… and that there’s a significant amount of renewable power coming online, it may very well be possible that 2019 was a high water mark for carbon emissions. From 2010 to 2018, the annual average growth rate was 1 percent, down from the 3 percent annual average growth rate seen over the course of the previous decade. Granted, it’s understood that what will follow the “peak” is — absent significant investment and direct action — a stubborn plateau rather than a genuine decline.
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