The world is on a collision course with disaster.
After several years of leveling off, carbon emissions will increase by 2.7 percent this year, according to the latest shocking climate change report. That follows a 1.6 percent rise last year, ending a three-year period of no increases.
The emissions jump is "a speeding freight train," according to one of the 100 scientists from more than 50 academic and research institutions who compiled the Global Carbon Project report, according to The New York Times.
China, the United States and India top the carbons-emissions list. The Trump administration is abandoning President Obama's successful efforts to curb emissions and taking steps to revive the coal industry, which will bring even higher emissions increases.
Despite China's efforts to switch to cleaner energy production, its expanding economy still depends on coal. As in India, more and more of its population are driving gasoline-powered cars.
India's leap in emissions is also fueled by economic modernization, a mobilization to bring electricity to more of its people.
The emissions increase is the latest sign that the world is dangerously falling behind in the battle against climate change. As developing countries move toward acquiring modern conveniences the West has long enjoyed, humans have leaped aboard that doomsday locomotive.