China and India are pushing carbon concentrations to highest level in millions of years

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Reproduced from a Global Carbon Project chart; Chart: Axios Visuals

When it comes to cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, the world isn’t just failing — we’re stepping our foot on the gas pedal.

The big picture: On Wednesday, scientists reported in a series of studies that global emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are likely to hit record levels in 2018. China and India are responsible for much of that growth, which is erasing optimism from just a few years ago that some countries’ emissions might be peaking. Elsewhere, virtually no country is reducing emissions fast enough to balance out the growth.

The details: The emissions are growing by a best estimate of 2.7% compared to 2017, according to the reports by the Global Carbon Project, which studies the carbon cycle and closely tracks emissions worldwide.

China and India’s massive increases have been driven by continued coal use and economic growth drove the increase. China is expected to see an estimated 4.7% increase in emissions for 2018. India, too, is now expected to see a steep increase, despite the rapid deployment of renewables in that nation. Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are expected to grow by