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New Report Reveals Carbon Emissions Will Reach Record High in 2023

The goal of reducing the global average temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius seems increasingly out of reach, even though governments around the world have promised to help enact policies to prevent global warming from going any further. But the world still continues to warm.

A report from the Global Carbon Project reveals that more coal, oil and gas will be burned in 2023 than in 2022, even though the growth of carbon dioxide emissions has slowed considerably in recent decades. But the amount of carbon dioxide released each year continues to increase.

It is estimated that in 2023, a total of 40.9 gigatons of carbon dioxide will be released, reaching the highest level on record. And the world may continue to waste carbon reduction budgets in vain.

The increase this year came from India and China. Emissions come from deforestation and industrial land use changes, and the amount burned is not balanced with planting trees to compensate.

In early December 2023, the world began the grand annual conference COP28 (Conference of the Parties), a meeting to solve global warming, that brings together leaders, country representatives, private sector representatives, and civil society of each country to exchange issues and solutions to solve climate change problems. As climate change looms, will those in power continue to refuse to phase out fossil fuels?

This is a summary. Read the full piece in Thai on the Springnews website.

The story was produced as part of the COP28 Climate Change Media Partnership Reporting Fellowship co-organized by the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Thai in Springnews on 6 December 2023. It has been translated to English and lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: A smokestack releasing emissions into the atmosphere / Credit: Anne Nygård via Unsplash.