Emissions of polluting gases hits record in 2019

Recent research shows a new record for emissions carbon dioxide (CO2) is nearby. That’s because the burning of fuels fossils, i.e. the high use of oil and natural gas by companies has made these levels rise, even if the burning rate of coal is decreasing.

By the end of this year, it is expected that about 36.8 billions of tons of CO2 is dissipated in the atmosphere — an amount still higher than the previous mark of 36.57 billion tons, recorded in 2018. The data are from a survey published by researchers in the journal scientific environmental research letters.

Although several countries are making increasing use of renewable energy, this trend is not yet sufficient to contain the global emissions. In the U.S., wind power increased by about 8% compared to 2018, while solar rose 11%. In Brazil, the brand reached 1 gigawatt of installed power. In just two years, the number of solar panels mounted in our country grew by more than 560%, according to the latest survey by the National Electric Energy (ANEEL).

Finally, data show that coal use fell by 0.9% this year in Brazil. In the USA, the drop was 10.5% and 10% in the European Union, according to the researchers. More than that, in the last year the average global citizen generated about 4.8 tons of CO2 emissions, while only the American 16.6 tonnes. In addition, large emissions of CO2 from China, India and other potentially developing countries should also influence this scenario, and it is not yet known which solution can be ideal.