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Friday, March 23, 2007

The World's Biggest Carbon Emitter

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China is on course to overtake the United States this year as the world's biggest carbon emitter, estimates based on Chinese energy data show, potentially pressuring Beijing to take more action on climate change.

China's emissions rose by some 10 percent in 2005, a senior U.S. scientist estimated, while Beijing data shows fuel consumption rose more than 9 percent in 2006, suggesting China would easily outstrip the U.S. this year, long before forecasts.

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Probably China has become the leader in carbon dioxide emissions because of its massive use of coal to generate electricity. Its car park is also wildly expanding every year. The fact that China is projected to outstrip the US this year means that the country will soon come under growing pressure to do something in this regard, accelerating China's already existing projects for reducing its dependence on oil.

This unexpected development is going to confuse and embarrass large chunks of the anti globalist movement that based itself in recent years on a combination of anti Americanism and environmentalism. Yet it should nicely fit into the drive that started developing itself recently in the US and Europe towards low carbon economy, which, if successful, should have a tremendous impact on the Middle East.

May this global warming paranoia never stop.


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