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Global Pollution Is Rising Again and Won’t Peak Before 2040

  • Growing coal demand ended lull in growth rate for emissions
  • Most optimistic sceario by IEA sees net zero emissions by 2070
Populism and Protest Lurk Behind Europe's Dying Coal Mines
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Global greenhouse-gas pollution rose for a second year, ending a lull in emissions and putting the world on track for further increases through 2040 unless governments take radical action.

The findings in the International Energy Agency’s annual report on energy paint a grim outlook for efforts to rein in climate change and mark a setback for the increasingly vocal environmental movement.