As Europeans struggle to reduce their carbon emissions as part of the Kyoto agreement, they have to be disheartened to hear news coming out of China. According to the New Scientist news service, China’s CO2 emissions are rising by an astounding 11% per year, and within two years, will have vastly outstripped the costly reductions achieved by all Kyoto-bound countries combined. China’s own government says its emissions will be at least 600 million metric tonnes greater than in the year 2000. U.S. researchers think the emissions will be twice that large, but even the minimum figure is five times as large as the reductions expected from all Kyoto signatories. So for those worried about man-made global warming, any new agreements that don’t include China sound like nothing but hot air.

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