China now world’s top CO2 emitter

China now world’s top CO2 emitter

AMSTERDAM – China has overtaken the United States as the top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, because of surging energy use amid an economic boom, a Dutch government-funded agency said yesterday.

Other experts have estimated that China will only surpass the United States in coming years. The rise to number one emitter may put pressure on Beijing to do more to help a UN-led fight against global warming.”China’s 2006 carbon dioxide emissions surpassed those of the United States by eight per cent,” the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said in a statement.In 2005, it said China’s emissions were two per cent below those of the United States.”With this, China tops the list of CO2 emitting countries for the first time,” it said.Almost all scientists say rising amounts of carbon dioxide will bring more droughts, floods, desertification, heat waves, disease and rising seas.The report, based on data on energy use and cement production, reckoned China’s carbon dioxide emissions totalled 6,2 billion tonnes in 2006.Of the total, 550 million tonnes was from cement, a main source of industrial emissions.US emissions totalled 5,8 billion tonnes last year, of which 50 million tonnes was from cement, it said.The report said the European Union was in third place on the ranking ahead of Russia, India and Japan.The International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises rich nations, said in April China was likely to surpass the United States as the top carbon dioxide emitter in 2007 or 2008.The Dutch agency said its data were based on fossil fuel use estimated by BP , cement data from the US Geological Survey and energy use data until 2004 from the IEA.Carbon dioxide accounts for about 75 percent of greenhouse gases.China’s economy has registered double-digit growth for four years in a row and expanded by 11,1 per cent in the first quarter compared to a year earlier due to booming investments and exports.With a population of 1,3 billion, China’s per capita emissions are a quarter of those in the United States, with 300 million people.Nampa-ReutersThe rise to number one emitter may put pressure on Beijing to do more to help a UN-led fight against global warming.”China’s 2006 carbon dioxide emissions surpassed those of the United States by eight per cent,” the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said in a statement.In 2005, it said China’s emissions were two per cent below those of the United States.”With this, China tops the list of CO2 emitting countries for the first time,” it said.Almost all scientists say rising amounts of carbon dioxide will bring more droughts, floods, desertification, heat waves, disease and rising seas.The report, based on data on energy use and cement production, reckoned China’s carbon dioxide emissions totalled 6,2 billion tonnes in 2006.Of the total, 550 million tonnes was from cement, a main source of industrial emissions.US emissions totalled 5,8 billion tonnes last year, of which 50 million tonnes was from cement, it said.The report said the European Union was in third place on the ranking ahead of Russia, India and Japan.The International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises rich nations, said in April China was likely to surpass the United States as the top carbon dioxide emitter in 2007 or 2008.The Dutch agency said its data were based on fossil fuel use estimated by BP , cement data from the US Geological Survey and energy use data until 2004 from the IEA.Carbon dioxide accounts for about 75 percent of greenhouse gases.China’s economy has registered double-digit growth for four years in a row and expanded by 11,1 per cent in the first quarter compared to a year earlier due to booming investments and exports.With a population of 1,3 billion, China’s per capita emissions are a quarter of those in the United States, with 300 million people.Nampa-Reuters

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