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Energy Emissions Stall as Rich Nations Kick Their Coal Habit

  • Developing nations offset declines in the U.S. and Europe
  • Asian nations increase use of most polluting fossil fuel
Lignite Power Generation as Europe's Largest Economy Plans Fossil Fuel Phase Out
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Global emissions from energy held steady in 2019 for the first time in three years. But the restraint all came from the U.S. and Europe as developing countries boosted use of the most polluting fossil fuels.

The findings from the International Energy Agency show energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remained at a record 33.3 billion tons. While industrial countries cut pollution levels to the lowest since 1993, the developing world led by India and China offset those declines.