China to overtake U.S as biggest greenhouse gas producer

China will overtake the United States as the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases this year, far earlier than thought – and present the problem of tackling climate change in even more difficult terms.

The Chinese economy, which is now growing at the unprecedented rate of 11 per cent annually, is sending carbon emissions from China’s mushrooming coal-fired power stations beyond those of the whole of the US, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday.

Less than three years ago the Paris-based IEA forecast that China would overtake the US as the world’s biggest polluter – but not before 2025. More recently it said that China would be first by 2010.

Source:  The Independent

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