Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Decrease in global carbon dioxide emissions; CO2 from China, India on the rise

Date:
September 2, 2010
Source:
Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)
Summary:
Global carbon dioxide emissions decreased in 2009, the first decrease recorded this decade. However, in China and India the emissions increased by 9 and 6 percent.

Global CO2 emissions decreased in 2009, the first decrease recorded this decade. However, in China and India the emissions increased by 9 and 6 percent.

Related Articles


The results are based on the first peer-reviewed paper to estimate emissions in 2009.

"The decrease in emissions follow the decrease in the global economy. This is not unexpected," said Gunnar Myhre, senior research fellow at CICERO and one of the scientists behind the article.

While emissions from oil and gas have decreased, emissions from coal have remained stable.

Growth in China and India

In contrast to many other countries, China and India increased their emissions in 2009. China is now responsible for 24 percent of the global fossil emissions of CO2.

"China and India are to a little extent hit by the financial crisis," Gunnar Myhre said.

But Chinese emissions have increased more than the economic growth. Glen Peters is a senior research fellow at CICERO and follows the emission development in these countries closely. He pointed to China's large investments in infrastructure and export production since 2009.

"When China invests in roads or buildings, this causes large emissions, as industries like cement and steel industries are very emission intensive," Peters said.

The stimulus package from the Chinese government in 2008 was said to have a green focus.

"But even construction of windmills is a relatively emission intensive activity -- at least in the short run," said Peters.

Large export sector

China also has a large export sector. Exports initially had a big drop during the financial crisis, but quickly recovered.

"Due to large exports, China doesn't only benefit from its own stimulus package, but also from stimulus packages in other countries," said Peters.

"Also, when times are tough, people go for the cheaper alternative. During the financial crisis, people might tend to buy more Chinese products."

When there is a large growth in a country's economy, usually one can see a shift towards services and lower emissions relative to GDP. This has not happened in China.

"Chinese emissions are currently increasing faster than GDP. You'd hope that it has some pay off in the future, but time will tell," Glen Peters said.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. G Myhre, K Alterskjζr, D Lowe. Addendum to ‘A fast method for updating global fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions’. Environmental Research Letters, 2010; 5 (3): 039701 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/039701

Cite This Page:

Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). "Decrease in global carbon dioxide emissions; CO2 from China, India on the rise." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 September 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100901073359.htm>.
Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). (2010, September 2). Decrease in global carbon dioxide emissions; CO2 from China, India on the rise. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 31, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100901073359.htm
Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). "Decrease in global carbon dioxide emissions; CO2 from China, India on the rise." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100901073359.htm (accessed March 31, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Earth & Climate News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

You Won't Be Driving Tesla's Mystery Product

You Won't Be Driving Tesla's Mystery Product

Newsy (Mar. 30, 2015) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new product line will debut April 30, but it&apos;s not a car. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Solar Impulse Departs Myanmar for China

Solar Impulse Departs Myanmar for China

AFP (Mar. 30, 2015) — Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Myanmar&apos;s second biggest city of Mandalay and heads for China&apos;s Chongqing, the fifth flight of a landmark journey to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by the sun. Duration: 00:42 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Colombian Project Transforms Old Tires Into Green Housing

Colombian Project Transforms Old Tires Into Green Housing

AFP (Mar. 30, 2015) — To put a roof over their heads and help the environment, residents near Bogota are building houses out of recycled bottles and old tires. Duration: 01:10 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
The Future Of Japanese Whaling: Heritage Vs. Conservation

The Future Of Japanese Whaling: Heritage Vs. Conservation

Newsy (Mar. 30, 2015) — In 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled Japan could no longer engage in whaling in the Antarctic, but Japan has plans to return this year. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins