Fwd: New Stats On Energy Use in China Alarm Environmentalists
- --- In Paleontology_and_Climate@yahoogroups.com, Tim Jones
22 Oct 2003
Environmental news from GRIST MAGAZINE
New Stats On Energy Use in China Alarm Environmentalists
The most populous country on the planet may also pose the biggest
threat to the global climate, according to recently released
statistics about coal production and consumption in China. Until a
few months ago, many energy experts hoped that the nation would have
a relatively limited impact on climate change, because its
state-owned companies were thought to be increasingly efficient and
coal use appeared to be declining steeply. But with the release of
the official government figures, cause for optimism has disappeared:
Coal use in China is growing faster than almost anywhere in the
world, and the International Energy Agency predicts that China's
increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 to 2030 will almost
equal the increase in emissions in the entire industrialized world.
At the same time, sales of cars -- another major factor in greenhouse
emissions -- are also growing explosively in China, and home energy
use due to televisions, air-conditioning, and other electronics and
appliances is also on the rise.
straight to the source: New York Times, Keith Bradsher, 22 Oct 2003
This one doesn't seem to Google up from the abyss.
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