"The story of emissions over the past two decades has been written in Chinese.
Since it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and became the world’s
factory, China has contributed nearly two-thirds of the growth in carbon
pollution globally. Even in per-capita terms, it’s now a bigger greenhouse
emitter than the European Union. The world’s carbon footprint is split into
three roughly equal portions: China, all developed nations, and the rest of the
That makes the recent signs of strain in the country’s CO2-intensive growth
model an issue not just for Beijing, but for the long-term fate of the planet.
If things head in a similar direction to the former communist states of Eastern
Europe when their similar economic model came off the rails in 1989, we may be
about to see the most dramatic reduction in emissions the world has ever seen.
That might be a disaster for China’s leadership, as well as for a population
who would likely suffer through a lost decade as the economy reorients toward
more productive activities. For China’s long-term prosperity and the fate of
the planet, however, it would be an unexpected victory."
Via Future Crunch
*** Xanni ***
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