China tops Co2 Pollution list for 2007
China’s carbon dioxide emissions contributed the bulk of last year’s 3.1 percent global rise in CO2 emissions, its emissions were about 14 percent higher than the United States and accounted for two-thirds of the global rise, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) said Friday. The United States was second with 21 percent, while the European Union was at 12 percent, India eight percent and Russia six percent. Cement clinker production was a major cause of the emissions, and with an increase of 10 percent in 2007 China now accounted for about 51 percent of global cement production, said the PBL. After the earthquake which recently hit the Sichuan province, it may be expected that the rebuilding of houses and roads for over five million people will cause the cement demand to soar even further. Overall in the US last year, CO2 emissions rose by 1.8 percent, mainly due to the cold winter and warm summer contributed to rising carbon emissions from heating and cooling functions
The figures were compiled from recently published British Petroleum energy data and cement production data for 2007. In the current global warming talks, the US and other Western nations have boasted at making mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases as developing nations like China are not required to slash emissions under the UN climate change framework. We figure that since emissions are now being openly traded, china is going to crack a bigger deal and pay for its emissions maybe at some discount too.