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EU carbon emissions rise in sign of challenge ahead

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The European Union’s total carbon emissions from fossil fuels rose last year by 1.8 percent, highlighting the challenge the bloc faces in meeting its climate targets.
The official EU statistics agency, Eurostat, released the early figures this week, which estimated the level of carbon emissions from energy usage across all 28 member states.
It showed that only 7 countries managed to decrease emissions, with the highest amounts seen in Finland, -5.9 percent, and Denmark, on -5.8 percent.
Germany, which has invested heavily in renewable energy, only saw slight reductions of -0.2 percent, given its continued use of coal plants to supply an estimated 40 percent of its electricity needs.
The largest increases in carbon emissions were found in Malta and Estonia, where levels spiked by 12.8 and 1 (...)

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