China has reduced its carbon intensity by 15% Featured
Notes: In China, CO2 emissions per unit of GDP - or carbon intensity - fell by 15% between 2005 and 2011, suggesting the world's second-largest economy found less carbon-consuming ways to fuel growth.
Comment: The concept of carbon intensity is helpful in countering ideas like "China is the biggest emitter and they should reduce emissions before we do" or "Other countries aren't doing enough, so why should we?"
In China, half the population does not have access to winter heating and 2 million do not have electricity. The country faces the challenge of extending electricity and heating without increasing carbon emissions too much.
The 15% fall in carbon intensity shows that they are making progress.
Source: International Energy Agency
Image: Winter classroom in China. It's common for children and teachers to wear winter clothing indoors due to lack of heating. DipNote
May 28, 2012