The report arrives as ministers and delegates enter the second week of discussions at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech.
Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have seen "almost no growth" for a third consecutive year, according to figures released as world leaders begin to arrive in Marrakech for a United Nations climate summit.
"Another year. Another record". With temperatures soaring in 2015 and 2016, less Carbon dioxide was absorbed by trees because of the hot and dry conditions related to the El Nino event.
Countries party to the Agreement have pledged to reduce emissions by the year 2030, committing to achieving zero net emissions and limiting global warming to 2 degrees celsius.
The Paris Agreement's ambitious temperature limit of 1.5C hinges on the ability of governments to take immediate action in the next four years to speed up the pace of reducing emissions, according to a multi-sector alliance of environmental groups, development NGOs and faith groups. The only exception was 1998, which was also an El Nino year. "We are used to measuring temperature records in fractions of a degree, and so this is different", he said.
"We are here to demand respect and to urge the world to commit to cutting greenhouse gases", blamed for warming the planet, added Antolin Huascar of Peru's agricultural confederation.
According to the data, global Carbon dioxide emissions are projected to increase only 0.2 percent this year over 2015.
The researchers attribute the three-year slowdown of the global carbon emissions to the decreased use of fossil fuels in China and other top emitters. Peters stressed that it is too early to proclaim that the world has reached a peak.
The results were released in the form of a massive study in the journal Earth System Science Data, written by no less than 67 researchers from an army of institutions.
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Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry were set to rise a tiny 0.2 percent in 2016 from 2015 levels to 36.4 billion tonnes, the third consecutive year with negligible change and down from three percent growth rates in the 2000s, it said.
'This could be the turning point we have hoped for, ' said David Ray, a professor of carbon management at the University of Edinburgh, who was not involved with the study.
"If climate negotiators in Marrakech can build momentum for further cuts in emissions, we could be making a serious start to addressing climate change", Le Quéré said. According to the group's latest projections, our collective carbon footprint grew by a mere 0.2 percent in 2016.
On the other hand, United States, which is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, saw an emission decrease of 2.6 percent a year ago.
However, even if Chinese emissions have stabilised, emissions in India and other developing countries could push global emissions higher again.
USA emissions fell 2.5 per cent in 2015 and are forecast to drop another 1.7 per cent this year.
"So far the slowdown has been driven by China", Peters said, adding that Beijing's climate change policies would also be the dominant force in the future since it accounts for nearly 30% of global emissions. The U.S. - the second-largest emitter - also saw emissions decrease by 2.6 per cent previous year. "However, Donald Trump as President could undermine this achievement if he carries through with his threat to scrap the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, and encourages an increase in the use of coal for electricity generation".
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