Archive for the ‘greenhouse gases’ Category

China Has Surpassed U.S. In Carbon Emissions

April 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a California study said Tuesday.

“Our best forecast has Chinas CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions correctly surpassing the United States in 2006 rather than 2020 as previously anticipated,” said the study by researchers at the University of California.

The sun goes down behind a building in Beijing, in 2007. China ...
The sun goes down behind a building in Beijing, in 2007. China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a California study said Tuesday.(AFP/File/Teh Eng Koon)

The report, written by economic professors Maximilian Aufhammer of UC Berkeley and Richard Carson of UC San Diego, is to be published next month in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Researchers compiled information about the use of fossil fuels in various Chinese provinces and forecast an 11 percent annual growth of carbon emissions from 2004 to 2010.

Vehicles are seen passing a power plant in Beijing, in November ...
Vehicles are seen passing a power plant in Beijing, in November 2007. China has already surpassed the US as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a California study said Tuesday.(AFP/File/Frederic J. Brown)

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China’s carbon (And Coal and Pollution) Dragon

February 22, 2008

The Christian Science Monitor
Commentary
February 22, 2008
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Try this statistic on for size: If China’s economy continues to grow at its current pace, and the Asian giant doesn’t cut its rate of energy use, by 2030 it could be emitting as much carbon into the atmosphere as the entire world does today.

Beijing is rushing to make its air clean for the 2008 Olympics, but experts say it will be impossible for the site to be totally safe for athletes at the global sporting event. 

And here’s another: As you read this, China is bringing on line coal-fired power plants – major sources of greenhouse-gas emissions – at the mind-boggling rate of two per week.

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Global Warming & The U.S. Senate

October 23, 2007

GOP Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, faulted Democratic Chairwoman Barbara Boxer’s leadership of the committee this morning in the most recent of a series of attacks on her handling of global warming legislation.

At a hearing on human health effects of global warming, Inhofe implied that she was distracting members with studies of what might happen from global warming rather than focusing on “what will happen if we legislate global warming.” Inhofe believes that any mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions will bear too great a cost for the economy for too little benefit.

The Oklahoma senator noted, “As of October 23, we have not had a single legislative hearing on any of the major bills.” At a much anticipated subcommittee hearing tomorrow [October 24], Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Warner will unveil their bipartisan cap-and-trade program, but Inhofe complained that the hearings process is giving analysis of the bill short shrift. A markup of the bill is likely to occur next week.

“There has been no time to analyze the text of this bill, or for members of the committee to obtain input from stakeholders concerned about how the bill will impact them,” said Inhofe, “or for economists to model its impacts on the competitiveness of the American economy.”

—Bret Schulte
U.S. News and World Report

Al Gore
Al Gore
Al Gore in 1994.
He has since become the
“Global Warming” Educator,

Below: Nobel Prize Winner
and
Swollen with Pride.
 

China, Pollution and the Olympics

October 16, 2007

By Maureen Fan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, October 16, 2007; Page A01

BEIJING — In summer, a gray industrial haze coats this city of more than 15 million, descending over the Great Wall, sticking to humid hillsides and obscuring skyscrapers. Soaring temperatures and a lack of wind conspire with gunk-spewing traffic to foul the air.

The pollution is so bad many visitors are wondering how Olympic athletes will be affected and how this city can possibly be ready to host them in less than 10 months.

Beijing is rushing to make its air clean for the 2008 Olympics, but experts say it will be impossible for the site to be totally safe for athletes at the global sporting event.

Above: A beautiful, sunny morning near Beijing.

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Vietnam: Energy Demand Will Require Coal Imports

October 15, 2007

SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- Asia’s main coal exporter, Vietnam, will become a substantial coal importer in the future amid growing domestic electricity demand, consultancy Barlow Jonker said in its latest report.

“Vietnam’s story is a compelling one because the government has sanctioned the development of coal-fired power stations as there has been a realisation that domestic supplies of coal will not be sufficient to meet all of the country’s future needs,” said analyst Kate King, without specifying when Vietnam will become a net importer.

The forecast by Barlow Jonker, a unit of consultancy Wood Mackenzie Co., is in line with the Vietnamese government’s plan. The government aims to cut coal exports to 12 million tons in 2010 from an estimated 29 million tons in 2006, and eventually stop exports from 2015.

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Fast-Growing China Struggling To Rein In Energy Use, Pollution

October 11, 2007

Reinhardt Krause
Investors Business Daily
October 11, 2007

Red China says it wants to go green. But it still seems bent on growth.

No political bombshells are expected when China‘s Communist leaders gather at the 17th Party Congress in mid-October.

Still, some China watchers expect Beijing to use the Congress to show it is serious about environmentally friendly economic growth.

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China’s emissions drop but situation grim

August 21, 2007

BEIJING (Reuters) – China, the world’s top emitter of sulphur dioxide, has managed to cut emissions of the acid-rain causing pollutant in first half of 2007, but the government said on Tuesday that meeting national targets would be tough.

China has promised to cut emissions of major pollutants by 10 percent between 2006 and 2010, but last year the country failed to meet the annual target.

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China’s regions ignoring Beijing on environment goals

July 23, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – Local governments in China are continuing to invest in dirty, resource-intense industries, jeopardising Beijing’s goals of saving energy and cutting pollution, state media reported Monday.

Some regions are encouraging steel, cement and other heavy industries to boost economic growth despite demands from Beijing to rein in those sectors, the China Daily newspaper said, quoting a top development official.

“The central government is committed to achieving the (green) targets but ….

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Pollution Dangers Cast Shadow over 2008 Olympics

China Planning a Surreal Facade for Summer Olympic Games: Beijing 2008

China’s Air Pollution Gorilla