The world– you and I included– actually greatly increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, by 2.87 parts per million, raising the total to just about 410 ppm. So reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This was a significant increase, the fourth largest during the past 60 years of measurements. Worse, three of the four biggest jumps in CO2 have been produced during the past four years.
And, the world’s burning of *coal* actually increased. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, the burning of which releases enormous amounts of dangerous carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Making electricity from coal typically costs 5 cents a kilowatt hour. New solar plants, which can be built in 18 months, are nowadays often offering electricity at 3 cents a kilowatt hour.
*New* solar in many places is cheaper than existing coal. And yet world consumption of deadly coal increased.