China The Biggest (Polluter – Again!)

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We reported in March 2007 that China was, by some estimates, the biggest polluter in the world (but not, thankfully, in a per capita sense – something comfortable western consumers, and their media, would be well advised to remember when comparing and contrasting lifestyles). Anyway, now it is doubly official. According to the BBC “China is now the world’s biggest carbon emitter ahead of the US”. Asia News adds:

    “China is probably the top carbon dioxide and green house gas producer in the world ahead of the United States…research results by a University of California team will show that the mainland’s greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, warning Beijing that unchecked future growth will dwarf any emissions cuts made by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

    The team admits there is some uncertainty over the date when China may have become the biggest emitter of CO2 since their analysis is based on 2004 data, but it indicates that previous studies underestimated the problem, thus re-launching the issue of environmental degradation in developing countries.

    …Beijing for instance has pointed out that US emissions are five to six times greater than those of China on a per capita basis.”

There can be no doubt that environmental issues will become increasingly important in China – for business and government (let alone the people) – presenting interesting opportunities as well as difficult challenges.

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