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Analysis: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels hits record high in 2022

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels have hit a new record high of 36.6bn tonnes of CO2. Image: Unsplash/Marcin Jozwiak

Zeke Hausfather

US Analyst, Carbon Brief

Pierre Friedlingstein

Chair, Mathematical Modelling of Climate, University of Exeter

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Figure showing the global CO2 emissions estimates from the Global Carbon Project
The global CO2 emissions have seen continous growth over the years Image: Carbon Brief
Figure breaking down the global emissions in the 2022 budget into fossil and land use components.
Global emissions for land use had a steady decrease over the years Image: Carbon Brief
Figure showing the annual CO2 emissions from land-use change in Indonesia, Brazil and Congo
Indonesia's land-use change surged in 1995 Image: Carbon Brief

Figure shows global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, divided into emissions from China, India, United States, European Union
China saw the highest global CO2 emission growth over the years. Image: Carbon Brief
Figure showing the change in global emissions from fossil fuels by country
In 2022, there was a 37.5% change in global emissions from fossil fuels Image: Carbon Brief
Figure showing how global and national emissions of 2022 compare to 2019 emissions
The world is recovering to 2019-levels of emissions Image: Carbon Brief
Table showing the 24 nations where emissions have declined over 2012-2021
The 24 nations where emissions have declined over 2012-2021 Image: Global Carbon Project

Figure showing the annual CO2 emissions by fuel
Other fuels have had the highest CO2 emissions Image: Carbon Brief
Figure showing the change in global CO2 emissions by fuel from 2019 to 2022
In 2022, there was a 37.5% change in global emissions from fossil fuels Image: Carbon Brief

Figure showing the global carbon budget
The fossil fuel and industry has the highest global carbon budget Image: Carbon Brief
Chart showing the fraction of CO2 emissions that end up in the atmosphere.
47% of total CO2 emissions have remained in the atmosphere each year over the past decade Image: Carbon Brief

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