Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Activities, 2004

Source: Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

With 4.7 billion metric tons, China's CO2 emissions have reached the level of Europe and will soon surpass the total emission amount of the United States of America..

China's per capita CO2 emissions are still relatively low. But the country's rapid economic development and short-sighted infrastructure policy, which is favoring private cars and seriously neglecting public mass transport, will fairly soon make China the largest CO2 emitter worldwide.

China's urban agglomerations are already suffocating under the massive increase of road traffic. Beijing, for instance, is building one high-way ring after the other - instead of massively expanding mass transportation, such as the subway network. Beijing's current subway network is far shorter than that of major Western capitals, such as London or New York.

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