China now worlds biggest polluter

China is now the worlds biggest polluter. According to the Netherlands Enviromental Assistance Agency, last year China produced 6.2 billon tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere as opposed to 5.8 billon for the US (source: yesterdays Dominion Post B1). And it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon, with China now oppening 2 coal burning power stations every week (source Asia Today, BBc World). However, China’s CO2 emmisions per capita are still very low by Western standards. One lesson to be learnt from this is that any new treaty on carbon emmisions has to include developing countries like China, which Kyoto didn’t.

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