China produces as much CO2 per person as Europe: report

An aircraft flies past a smoke-stack in Beijing
An aircraft flies past a smoke-stack in Beijing in May 2012. China's carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released Wednesday said.

China's carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released Wednesday said.

Last year, China's rose by 9.0 percent, meaning the country produced the equivalent of 7.2 tonnes of the gas for each resident, according to the report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

The 27-nation European Union produced 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per person, while the United States remained one of the world's top CO2 emitters, with 17.3 tonnes per resident in 2011.

China and other fast-growing economies like India fear emissions curbs would slow their development, so have sought concessions in international climate deals.

They argue that as developing nations with lower per capita emissions than the industrialised world, they should not be subject to the same CO2 restrictions as advanced economies.

Overall, global increased by three percent to reach a record level of 34 billion tonnes, the report said.

The rise is a similar level to the 10-year average of 2.7 percent. Levels dipped slightly in 2008 due to the onset of the but bounced back to surge by five percent in 2010.

Smoke emits from chimneys at a coal mine in China
Smoke emits from chimneys at a coal mine in China in 2010. China's carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released Wednesday said.

Still, CO2 emissions from the US and Japan dropped about two percent last year, thanks largely due to weak economic conditions, and high .

The surge in China's CO2 emissions was driven mainly by its continued high and the accompanying thirst for fossil fuels, the report said. China's coal imports surged by 10 percent, making it the world's largest coal importer.

The United Nations has adopted a target of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by 2050.

Scientists think this is feasible as long as cumulative CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2050 do not exceed 1,000 to 1,500 billion tonnes.

Since 2000, human activities have led to about 420 billion tonnes of CO2 being sent into the atmosphere, and on current trends the ceiling will be breached "within the next two decades," the report warned.

In volume terms, China and the United States are the No. 1 and No. 2 world emitters, accounting for 29 and 16 percent of global CO2, it said. They are followed by the EU (11 percent), India (six percent), Russia (five percent) and Japan (four percent).


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Jul 18, 2012
Thanks Al Gore and the AGW cult for trying so hard to destroy jobs in Europe and USA and send them to China.

China didn't spew all that CO2. Somebody else made that happen. Greenies.

Jul 18, 2012
"every initiative by green groups is focused on reducing our access to electrical power"


Jul 19, 2012
"the Kyoto Protocol to bring global management of climate change was cooked up behind closed doors at Enron as a way to cripple the coal industry and steer more industries toward natural gas, of which Enron was the United States biggest producer.

Two decades ago, Enron owned and operated a network of natural gas pipelines and had become a leading commodity trader buying and selling contracts and their derivatives to deliver natural gas and electricity.

Because the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments placed caps on how much pollution a fossil fuel plant could emit, Enron helped create a market for EPAs sulphur dioxide cap-and-trade program, the forerunner of todays carbon offset scam.

As Enrons stock shot up, the company next turned to creating a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide. The only problem was that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant (despite what the senile members of the Supreme Court may think).

Enron ... Gore ... Clinton

Jul 19, 2012
if they didnt let all those factories goto foreign lands maybe the co2 output would be a lot lower today.

Jul 21, 2012
"he 1996 United States campaign finance controversy, also known as Chinagate, was an alleged effort by the People's Republic of China to influence domestic American politics during the 1996 federal elections.

The issue first received public attention in early 1997, with news that a Justice Department investigation had uncovered evidence that agents of China sought to direct contributions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in violation of U.S. laws regarding foreign political contributions.[1] The Chinese government denied all accusations. Twenty-two people were eventually convicted of fraud or for funneling Asian funds into the United States elections, and others fled U.S. jurisdiction.

Several of these were associates of Bill Clinton or Al Gore."

http://en.wikiped...troversy

Jul 21, 2012
Also i just want to say that this article is very wrong. Calculating the whole country output of CO2 than dividing that by the number of citizens is not a proper presentation of CO2 output per citizen.

Just like having a few billionaires and lots of poor people doesnt mean the average citizen has a few thousand bucks on his bank account.

In my country a government building was bombed and burned down. A few other countries as well. How long before we start hunting down people who have the money? Cmon making people poor is not the answer to solving this CO2 mystery, it only drags the problem across time.

Jul 21, 2012
"Between 1994 and 1996, Chung donated $366,000 to the Democratic National Committee. Eventually, all of the money was returned. Chung told federal investigators that $35,000 of the money he donated came from China's military intelligence."

http://en.wikiped...ny_Chung

Jul 21, 2012

"Both Liu and the Chinese government denied the claims."


Moron: The Chinese spies denied they were spies ... Tard.


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