A comprehensive and synthetic dataset for global, regional, and national greenhouse gas emissions by sector 1970–2018 with an extension to 2019
10 November 2021
A team of international researchers has compiled a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5053056) covering nearly 50 years: 1970 to 2018 with provisional extension to 2019.
Their work assesses all major anthropogenic greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide (N2O), and fluorinated gases – from 228 countries across 29 economic sectors. They start from four existing information sources (most of which derive in some form from national reports), adding consensus, synthesis, quality control, and uncertainty analysis. They find clear evidence that global anthropogenic emissions of all greenhouse gases have increased across all recent decades, leading to the reliable conclusion that emissions over the decade 2009–2018 exceeded similar emissions in any prior decade. Over this time period, no global sector showed sustained emission reductions. They provide an accurate detailed account of their work in the open access data journal Earth System Science Data with data itself likewise available via the open access data repository Zenodo at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5053056
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