Wednesday, March 12, 2008

China - Carbon emissions worse than expected

China carbon dioxide emissions are growing on much higher level than expected and this is very bad news in fight against global warming since carbon dioxide is harmful greenhouse gas, mainly responsible for global warming.

According to new analysis by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, and UC San Diego, China annual increase in CO2 emissions won't be already high 2.5 to 5 percent as first predicted for period between 2004 and 2010, but huge 11 percent as by the year 2010 there will be gigantic increase of 600 million metric tons of carbon emissions in China over the country's levels in 2000.

With such high levels of carbon dioxide emissions there won't be much use of famous (but only on paper) Kyoto protocol since Kyoto protocol's main task was reduction of greenhouse gases emissions into atmosphere. As we all know China is experiencing rapid economic growth and China's dominant use of coal is increasing CO2 emissions growth which are already too high.

China has some plans that should involve significant use of renewable energy sources (mainly hydropower), but even if these projects would be successful, this will still mean dominant use of coal for at least next couple of years.

In order to have decent chance in fight against global warming it's vitally important to cut down C02 emissions and stabilize amount of Co2 in atmosphere. More Co2 emissions means more greenhouse gases and this would make global warming problem impossible to solve. China, USA and other countries that lead the way in CO2 emissions should be making more efforts to reduce fossil fuels use and to put much more emphasis on renewable energy sector that still trails behind coal and other ecologically unacceptable fossil fuels.

Global warming problem needs global action to be solved and big countries like China, USA, India and some others should put more efforts to create joined action that would stop increase of CO2 emissions and give us hope that we are indeed doing something to save our planet and ourselves from global warming and climate change that will become much worse as time goes bye. China is perhaps the biggest problem at this moment, but definitely not the only one.

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