China’s emissions far worse than previously thought

Posted by Laura Grant on March 11, 2008
Posted in Green News

Photograph: © George Clerk, iStockphoto.comChina’s carbon dioxide emissions are increasing at a faster pace than expected, according to a new analysis by economists at the University of California, Berkley and San Diego. This means that current global warming forecasts are “overly optimistic”, and that action is urgently needed to curb greenhouse gas production in China and other rapidly industrialising countries, the researchers say.

Previous estimates said the region that includes China will see a 2.5 to 5 percent annual increase in carbon dioxide emissions between 2004 and 2010. The new analysis put the growth rate at least 11 percent. What this means is that the projected annual increase in China alone over the next several years is greater than the current emissions produced by either Great Britain or Germany, the university says in a media statement.

The growth in China’s emissions will “dramatically overshadow” the emissions cuts pledged by all the developing countries in the Kyoto Protocol, it adds.

Maximillian Auffhammer, who co-authored the study said the paper should serve as an alarm challenging the widely held belief that actions taken by the wealthy, industrialised nations alone would be sufficient to stablilise atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. “Making China and other developing countries an integral part of any future climate agreement is now even more important,” he said.

Photograph of Shanghai © George Clerk, iStockphtoto.com

Via :: Science Daily

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