CO2 – China’s and India’s emissions grow in 2009

Posted on January 25, 2011 by

The global carbon dioxide emissions have registered a drop in 2009, which could be partly attributed to the economic slowdown. But the emerging markets China and India saw their emissions rise by 9 percent and 6 percent, respectively. This was published by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo recently.

Emissions from oil and gas decreased, but emissions from coal remain stable, the report says.

China is now responsible for 24 percent of the global fossil emissions of carbon dioxide last year. Unlike developed countries, China and India were hit by a lesser extent by the global financial crisis.

China’s emissions reportedly increased more than what would be expected given the country’s exponential economic growth. China’s large investments in infrastructure and export production could be the reason for the emission increase. This is due to the fact that industries like cement and steel industries are very emission-intensive.

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