It does not come as a major surprise that the worlds largest culprit per ca-pita for carbon emission is China. They do after all have the most citizens, creating the largest need for sources of power. Unfortunately through history, humans have identified coal power as the cheapest and most powerful source that can be used to power the needs and resources for humans. At the same time for being the cheapest power source which is very attractive to most countries and investors, it comes with major draw backs. Interesting about coal is that it is not even just the burning of the fossil fuel but also the mining of the material. When mining for the material massive pockets of methane are releases into the atmosphere adding to the overall process of carbon footprint into the atmosphere. Making it not only the burning but also the process of gathering that damages our environment.
With regards to China however, an interesting article written on July 2nd in Bloomberg highlights the amazing steps that they have taken to reduce their carbon emissions and footprint. The article sites that China may have peaked in regards to its carbon emission and that it has made enormous strides since 2016 to reduce its emissions. Their focus to stop it has been on “super emitting” industries to combat and stop the problem. Over these years they have risen as the main leader in “climate-change mitigation.” Overall, when looking at carbon dioxide and the major issues as well as solutions, China should be the major example investigated.
China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-02/china-s-carbon-emissions-may-have-peaked-as-climate-policy-bites
I found your approach to carbon dioxide emissions very interesting. It does make a lot of sense that China is the largest producer of CO2 emissions. How does China stack up to other countries that are heavily industrialized? Comparing China to other countries could be useful to help provide a scale for CO2 emissions so readers can formulate a clear picture of China’s CO2 emissions. What kind of action is China taking to reduce this negative environmental effect?
I thought this was a great way to approach the rising concentrations of carbon dioxide! I also wrote about CO2 in China and how they are working hard to decrease their emissions. When you wrote that China peaked with CO2 emissions, do you have an exact unit of measure in which the “peak” hit? Also, what are examples of the “super emitting” industries in China?
I think your focus on China’s reducing emissions is interesting. What, though, is China specifically doing to limit their carbon footprint? Also, I agree with Emily in that comparing China to other countries could be useful to provide a sense of scale. Additionally, I think it would be interesting to know the ratio of emissions between the actual burning of coal, and the mining of it. While burning it obviously pumps harmful substances into Earth’s atmosphere, how does this compare with merely mining the resource?
The way you introduced the topic was very interning providing background details on china and the markets they control. China continues to emit negative air to the atmosphere and its influences are without care for the future of the planet. Do you thin there is a way the world can help countries that emit too much CO2 make changes?