China emits more greenhouse gases than all the developed countries in the world combined, according to a new study by Rhodium Group.
China is now responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the developed countries of the world combined, according to a new study by Rhodium Group.
China’s emissions of six heat-trapping gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, reached 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, exceeding the total of the members of the Cooperation Organization and economic development of about 30 million tonnes, according to the New York-based Climate Research Group.
The massive scale of China’s emissions highlights the importance of President Xi Jinping’s drive to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2060. China accounted for 27% of global emissions . The United States, the second largest emitter, contributed 11%, while India for the first time overtook the European Union with around 6.6% of the world total.
Yet China also has the world’s largest population, so its per capita emissions remain well below those of the United States.And on a historic basis, OECD members are still the biggest culprits in global warming. world, having pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750.
“China’s history as a major emitter is relatively short compared to developed countries, many of which were more than a century ahead,” the researchers said. “Today’s global warming is the result of emissions from the recent and more distant past.”