By New Scientist staff and Press Association
Carbon dioxide emissions from energy have not increased for three years in a row even as the global economy grew, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Global emissions from the energy sector were 32.1 billion tonnes in 2016, the same as the previous two years, while the economy grew 3.1 per cent, the agency says.
The IEA put the halt in growth down to growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas and improvements in energy efficiency.
The biggest drop was seen in the US, where carbon dioxide emissions fell 3 per cent, while the economy grew 1.6 per cent, following a surge in shale gas supplies and more renewable power that displaced coal.
US emissions are at their lowest level since 1992, while the economy has grown 80 per cent since that time.
Carbon dioxide output also declined in China, by 1 per cent, and …
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