Gallery: China’s Rapid Infrastructure Growth Caused CO2 Emissions to Tr...


A new study shows that between 1992 and 2007 emissions in China nearly tripled. The study explores not only the emissions but their causes and revealed something interesting, in the past two decades China’s emissions culprit has shifted from manufacturing and exports to the building of infrastructure. Despite their recent commitment to renewable energy the country’s emissions are still on the rise. Though the growth in infrastructure will eventually level out, some are worried that this quick construction is resulting in less than perfect projects that will need to be rebuilt someday — e.g. recent issues with their high speed rail and massive problems with their ambitious Three Gorges Dam. The study’s authors also note that if China’s not building the right kind of infrastructure, their rapid growth could get them stuck in a carbon emissions cycle for decades to come.

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  1. Green Joy October 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I know America went through the same phase went it developed it’s facilities but the difference lies in the available technology at the time. USA didn’t have an extensive library of sustainable technology at the time, but China does. I sincerely hope that the Chinese incorporate new innovations in their designs so they can reduce emissions.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)

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