China's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increased in 2014

Back in March, news outlets such as Bloomberg were proclaiming that "China's emissions of carbon dioxide fell last year [2014] for the first time in more than a decade, helping stall global production of climate-warming gases":

Total carbon emissions in the world's second-biggest economy dropped 2 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, the first drop since 2001, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate based on preliminary energy demand data from China's National Bureau of Statistics.

At the time, these claims seemed fantastical given the historically rapid rise in China's carbon dioxide emissions up to 2013.

Sure enough. The 2015 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy shows that rather than decline in 2014, China's carbon dioxide emissions actually increased by one percent from the year before.

Global carbon dioxide emissions continued to grow last year as well, up more than 0.5 percent from the 2013 level.

Emissions in the United States also increased one percent during 2014, whereas Canada's emissions only increased by 0.1 percent.

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