Global carbon emission’s link to India’s economic growth
Recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change showed a link between the lower global carbon emission growth with India’s slowing economy. The growth in carbon dioxide emission has reduced in 2019 compared to 2018 according to the study and is linked to lower coal usage by India and China. China accounts for 50% of global coal use. The country’s emission is predicted to increase by 2.6% in 2019. While in India, the emission is predicted to grow by 1.8% in 2019. The reasons given were strong monsoons that affected the coal production and consumption, heavy rainfall leading to flooding and also contributing to increased electricity generation by the hydropower sector and also weaker economic growth. Emission from coal use has decreased by 0.9% globally. The study also predicted a 1.7% decrease in emission from US and the EU. The study highlighted an increase in emission due to deforestation, especially from the Amazon and Indonesian deforestation regions.