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Carbon emissions rebound to near pre-pandemic levels

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Industrial emissions of carbon dioxide have returned close to pre-pandemic levels, according to new research published Nov. 4. Surging consumption of coal and natural gas for power plants and industry is driving the rebound – especially in China – even as transportation emissions remain down and renewable energy use ramps up.

Aerial view of a coal-fired factory in Chengde, China, in 2018. Industrial emissions of carbon dioxide have returned close to pre-pandemic levels, according to new research. Surging consumption of coal and natural gas for power plants and industry is driving the rebound, especially in China. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

This year’s jump back to nearly 36.4 billion tons of CO2 – a 4.9 percent increase over 2020 – is similar to the emissions rebound that followed the 2008 global financial crisis.

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