China’s Carbon Emissions Overestimated

  • Carbon emissions of China may be lower than prior estimates – about 14% less than 2013 estimates as per research published in Nature.
  • Yet, China is not unseated as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and is still more than two-thirds higher than the US which is the second largest emitter.
  • CO2 produced by Chinese coal significantly lesser by about 40% per unit than figures of the Intergovernmental Plan on Climate Change.
  • Indicates significant reduction in carbon emission by Chinese coal mines and cement industry over the past years.

Background

  • Intergovernmental Plan on Climate Change is a scientific intergovernmental body under the UN set up at the requests of member governments.
  • China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon followed by USA, EU, India and Russia as of 2013.

Recently, China, US, Russia have pledged to decrease significant carbon emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Climate Talks scheduled for December, 2015.

News item compiled by Adarsh Mohandas

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