Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Exports at fault for 33 pct of China greenhouse gas

The world is to blame for about 33 percent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions, reports New Scientist. That’s what it takes to create all those exports China is sending around the globe. The top offender: advanced electronics. About 22 percent of “export emissions” are created by manufacturing these devices.

China’s export emissions add up to about 1.7 billion tones of CO2 each year. That’s six percent of all global emissions and the equal to the combined output of Germany, France and the UK. Wow.

In 1987, export emissions accounted for just 12 percent of China’s carbon footprint.

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