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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, 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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