Is China the leader in CO2 emissions?



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    According to 2006 data collected by the Union of Concerned Scientists, China was the leader in carbon dioxide emission with 6017.69 million metric tons.

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    An important consideration to make regarding the volume of China’s carbon emissions is that a significant proportion of the emissions are the result of producing exports for Western countries to consume. According to a soon to be published article of the increase in emissions production from China from 2002-2005, half was attributable to exports. Only 7% of the increase in emissions were caused by China’s domestic population.

    This information indicates both a higher culpability for the Western countries in causing climate change as well as the incredible extent of our global interdependence.






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