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Global carbon dioxide emissions are rising again, ending hopes that pollution had reached a peak.

New research reveals emissions from all human activities will reach 41 billion tonnes this year, following a projects 2% increase in burning fossil fuels.

The figures point to China as the main cause of the renewed growth in fossil emissions - with a projected growth of 3.5 per cent.

The US and European Union are however expected to see a decline of 0.4% and 0.2% - but they are smaller declines than during the previous decade.

As the 23rd conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn shifts into high gear, developing countries including India are focussing on the imperatives of ensuring adequate financing for mitigation and adaptation.

Increases in coal use in China and the United States are expected this year, reversing their decreases since 2013, it added.

"With global Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities estimated at 41 billion tonnes for 2017, time is running out on our ability to keep warming well below 2ºC let alone 1.5ºC", Le Quéré added. To Le Quéré, the question now is whether 2017 is a temporary blip or a return to business as usual.

"This is very disappointing", said lead researcher Prof.

Also, Yang noted coal use for heating in rural villages in northern China is being replaced by natural gas, which may help offset coal growth in other sectors.

Earlier, Beijing announced two years ago that 2017 would be the year in which it will roll out a national carbon trading scheme that experts believe will become the largest of its type, eclipsing that of the EU.

Of course, India could further raise its ambition in the use of green technologies and emissions cuts, which would give it the mantle of global climate leadership.

"The growth in 2017 emissions is unwelcome news, but it is too early to say whether it is a one-off event on a way to a global peak in emissions, or the start of a new period with upward pressure on global emissions growth".

India's emissions are projected to grow by just 2% (0.2% to 3.8%) - down from over 6% per year during the last decade (GDP up 6.7%).

Both Yang and Myllyvirta expect coal consumption for 2018 to go back into decline, and carbon emissions to correspondingly slow or level off next year.

"This is basically saying that we are not safe yet", Peters says.

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