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With Emissions Rising, Why Are Nations ‘Building Back Badly’ From The Pandemic?

David Vetter, on Forbes, writes on growing emissions trends.

The C3 Take
  • According to a new study by Ember, an energy think-tank, global emissions have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels.
  • The main culprit of this spike in emissions is increased coal usage, particularly in Asia.
  • The study also found that nations are doing a poor job at reducing emissions and sticking to climate commitments.
  • With rising emissions and global energy demand still growing, the United States should export its clean technologies and innovations to the rest of the developing world – doing so would benefit the environment and increase human prosperity.

“Not all the news is gloomy: Ember found that wind generated 26% more electricity in the first half of the year than in the pre-pandemic period to produce 7.6% of electricity worldwide, while solar rose a huge 46% to generate 4.1% of the total.”

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