Australia’s carbon emissions jumped at the start of 2017, the first time they have risen in the first few months of a year for more than a decade, according to projections produced exclusively for the Guardian.
|Two thirds of the increased emissions from the electricity|
sector was driven by NSW, much of it cause by a fall
in generation by the Snowy Hydro scheme.
Emissions in the first three months of the year normally drop compared with the previous quarter, driven by seasonal factors and holidays. But in something not seen in since 2005, emissions rose in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the last quarter of 2016 by 1.54m tonnes of CO2, according to the study by consultants NDEVR Environmental. The rise was driven by increases in emissions from electricity generation.
Read Michael Slezak’s story on The Guardian - “Australia’s carbon emissions rise in off-season for first time in a decade.”