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New figures on global emissions show that efforts to tackle climate change are not sufficient, according to the International Energy Agency Getty Images
Carbon emissions reached a historic high in 2017 according to a new report by a major intergovernmental organisation.
Figures released by the International Energy Agency show higher energy demands and a slowing of energy efficiency improvements were responsible for the emissions up tick.
After three years of flat lining, carbon dioxide levels around the world increased in 2017 by 1.4 per cent to 32.5 gigatonnes.
The increase stands in stark contrast to the demands of the Paris climate agreement, which calls for drastic cuts in global emissions if the world is to meet its ambitious targets.
Under the 2015 agreement, nations agreed to limit the increase in global temperatures to no more than 2C above pre-industrial times.
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