A new report shows that our efforts to fight global warming are paying off in the biggest way yet
There are many ways to measure our progress to mitigate global warming. One of the surest is to ask whether economic growth, which has historically gone hand-in-hand with increased use of fossil fuels, is still linked to higher carbon emissions.
The answer for 2015 is “no,” according to a new report from the global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC). The world’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.1% last year, but carbon emissions remained flat. Better still, it’s the second year in a row that the two factors have remained “decoupled.”
“What we’ve seen in 2014-15 is a real step change in decarbonisation,” Jonathan Grant, PwC director of sustainability and climate change, told Climate Home. Full Story