China increases lead over US as the worlds biggest emitter of carbon dioxide

June 14th, 2008 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 14 (ANI): A new study has found that China has increased its lead over the US as the worlds leading emitter of carbon dioxide, with a 8 percent increase in the countrys emissions in 2007.

According to a report in New York Times, the Chinese increase accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the years global greenhouse gas emissions.

A report released by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, found that in 2007, Chinas emissions were 14 percent higher than those of the United States.

In the previous years annual study, the researchers found for the first time that China had become the worlds leading emitter, with carbon emissions 7 percent higher by volume than the United States in 2006.

Though many experts had been skeptical of the earlier study, whose results were less clear-cut than those released in the new report, the International Energy Agency had continued to say that China was projected to overtake the United States by the end of 2007.

Now there is little doubt.

The difference had grown to a 14 percent difference, and thats indeed quite large, said Jos Olivier, a senior scientist at the Dutch agency. Its now so large that its quite a robust conclusion, he added.

Chinas emissions are most likely to continue growing substantially for years to come because they are tied to the countrys strong economic growth and its particular mix of industry and power sources, according to researchers.

According to Orville Schell, director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, the study was something of a harbinger of things to come, namely, of Chinas uncontested pre-eminence in this world of rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions. (ANI)

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