CARBON dioxide emissions hit a record high of 32.5 billion tonnes last year, with the 1.4 per cent increase ending a three-year plateau, the International Energy Agency reported today. Experts said it was the result of greatly increased energy demand — more than twice the extra demand in 2016. While renewable energy grew at much the same rate in 2016, fossil fuels were used to plug the gap. China accounted for 150 million tonnes of the 450m tonnes increase in CO2, with its emissions growing by about 1.7 per cent. The rest of Asia saw emissions grow by about 3 per cent or 120m tonnes. European Union emissions increased by 1.5 per cent or 50m tonnes.
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