IEA says global CO2 emissions rising again after nearly 6% fall last year

Global carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 5.8% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic slowed economic activity, but they rebounded at the end of the year and are on course to rise further, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

Major economies led a rebound in December when emissions were 2%, or 60 million tonnes, higher than in December 2019, as a pick-up in economic activity increased energy demand. China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, was the only country that experienced an increase in emissions last.

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