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Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks

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Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks
This file photo taken on November 5, 2017 shows activists looking on as policemen prevent other environmentalists to march further after they managed to enter the Hambach lignite open pit mine near Elsdorf, western Germany, during a protest against fossil-based energies like coal, having negative impact on the climate change.Angela Merkel has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" but she now faces the real risk of Germany, a green energy pioneer, missing its emissions reduction target on her watch. AFP PHOTO

Carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise this year after a three-year pause, scientists said at UN climate talks Monday, warning that "time is running out", even as White House officials used the occasion to champion the fossil fuels that drive global warming. 

CO2 emissions, flat since 2014, were forecast to rise two percent in 2017, dashing hopes they had peaked, scientists reported at 12-day negotiations in the German city of Bonn ending Friday. 

"The news that emissions are rising after a three-year hiatus is a giant leap backward for humankind," said Amy Luers, a climate policy advisor to Barack Obama and executive director of Future Earth, which co-sponsored the research. 

Global CO2 emissions for 2017 were estimated at a record 41 billion tonnes. 

"Time is running out on our ability to keep warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), let alone 1.5 C," said lead author Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. 

The 196-nation Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, calls for capping global warming at 2 C below pre-industrial levels. 

With the planet out of kilter after only one degree of warming -- enough to amplify deadly heatwaves, droughts, and superstorms -- the treaty also vows to explore the feasibility of holding the line at 1.5 C. 

"As each year ticks by, the chances of avoiding 2 C of warming continue to diminish," said co-author Glen Peters, research director at Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, Norway. 

"Given that 2 C is extremely unlikely based on current progress, then 1.5 C is a distant dream," he told AFP. 

The study identified China as the single largest cause of resurgent fossil fuel emissions in 2017, with the country's coal, oil and natural gas use up three, five and 12 percent, respectively. 

Earth is overheating due to the burning of oil, gas and especially coal to power the global economy.AFP.

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