Global emissions of greenhouse gases by industry rose just slightly last year and seem to have declined in 2015, the New York Times reported.
It may point to an imminent long-term decline in such emissions, which would be welcome news to governments and environmentalists gearing up to deal with the matter.
“The decline of 0.6 percent projected for this year, should it come to pass, would be highly unusual at a time when the global economy is growing,” the paper reported, citing information from the Global Carbon Project. “The projection contrasts sharply with emissions growth that averaged 2.4 percent a year over the last decade, and sometimes topped 3 percent.”
World governments are meeting in Paris to discuss strategies for curbing carbon emissions, widely held as responsible for climate change.
In the United States, the federal government has embraced policies forcing the retirement of aging coal-fired generation units as part of America’s strategy to address the problem.