Is It Time to Stop Doing Business with China?
China tops U.S. in carbon dioxide output
Heavy coal consumption and increased cement production are cited by the report’s researchers.
BEIJING—China has overtaken the United States as the world’s top producer of carbon dioxide emissions—the biggest man-made contributor to global warming—based on the latest widely accepted energy-consumption data, Dutch researchers said.
According to a report released Tuesday by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China actually overtook the United States in emissions of CO2 by 8 percent in 2006. While China was 2 percent below the U.S. in 2005, voracious coal consumption and increased cement production caused the numbers to rise rapidly, the group said.
—Audra Ang, Associated Press, June 21, 2007