China Government White Paper Highlights Difficulties in Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jose Michael

Reuters. A new white paper released by the China government highlights the country’s difficulties in curbing greenhouse gas emissions soon, while still warning of a significant economic blow from global warming.

China faces shrinking crops, worsening droughts in some regions, worsening floods in others, and melting glaciers as average global temperatures rise, the report warns. But it says China will nonetheless increase emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from burning fossil fuels, as it seeks to leap into prosperity and lift tens of millions out of poverty.

“China will strive for rational growth of energy demand,” it states. “However, its coal-dominated energy mix cannot be substantially changed in the near future, thus making the control of greenhouse gases rather difficult.”

At the news conference releasing the white paper, Xie Zhenhua, a deputy chief of China’s National Development and Reform Commission who steers climate change policy, said that China’s greenhouse gas emissions are now about the same as those of the US.

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