China is World's Biggest Polluter

by Medindia Content Team on  April 15, 2008 at 6:05 PM Environmental Health
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China is World's Biggest Polluter
A new report has determined that China has already overtaken the US as the world's "biggest polluter", saying that the country's greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, and probably passed those of the US in 2006-2007.

According to BBC News, the report, made by University of California researchers, will be carried out in the Journal of Environment Economics and Management next month.

Until now, it has been generally believed that the US remains "Polluter Number One".

But now, the new report warns that unless China radically changes its energy policies, its increases in greenhouse gases will be several times larger than the cuts in emissions being made by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

The researchers believe that until now, current computer models substantially underestimated future emissions growth in China.

But the new study, led by Dr Max Auffhammer, used an analysis of 30 data points, which is more informative about likely future emissions than national figures in wider use because it allows errors to be tracked more closely.

Dr Auffhammer told BBC News that his projections had made an assumption that the Chinese government's recent aggressive energy efficiency programme would fail, as the previous one had failed badly.

"Our figures for emissions growth are truly shocking," he said.

But, the Chinese - and the UN - insist that rich countries with high per capita levels of pollution must cut emissions first, and help poorer countries to invest in clean technology.

America's per capita emissions are five to six times higher than China's, even though China has become the top manufacturing economy.

US emissions are still growing too, though much more slowly.

"But there is no sense pointing a finger at the Chinese. They are trying to pull people out of poverty and they clearly need help," said Dr Auffhammer.

"The only solution is for a massive transfer of technology and wealth from the West," he added.

Source: ANI

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guest Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I completely agree with SG, not only are per capita emissions substantially higher in (i believe i saw 3-5 times higher in recent reports) but also the report neglects the fact that much of Chinas increase in emissions can be accounted for by big corporations (e.g. walmart) shifting their manufacturing output to china to take advantage of cheaper labour costs and using the dirtier but cheaper energy provided by coal fired power stations. More misdirection and excuses from US "academics" wonder who was funding this particular report?

guest Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It doesn't matters what a nation's total emission is, China just has a much larger population.

Look at "per-capita" emissions and US is still BY FAR the number one country.

Reports like these are just another hopeless attempt to pass the buck.

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