After a period of moderation, heat-trapping gases are going up in the U.S. and around the world. In 2018, global emissions rose by 2.7 percent. And U.S. emissions rose by 3.4 percent, according to an early tally from the Rhodium Group.
This week, we're going to put some meaning to those emissions numbers. We are joined by Brad Plumer, an energy and environment reporter at The New York Times, who will help us dig into each sector.
We will answer the following questions:
- Why aren't wind and solar making up for coal closures?
- Which sectors are becoming the worst emitters?
- Will the "Trump bump" accelerate the emissions trend in the medium term?
- If we were king/dictator/wizard for a day, what sector would we address first?
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Read along with us:
- Rhodium Group: Preliminary U.S. Emissions Estimates for 2018
- NYT: U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed
- NYT: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018
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