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China accepts fears over climate but will not cut growth

The Times – April 24, 2007

This is confusing.  If someone accepts that the world is getting warmer due to human output of CO2, and if that person also accepts that global warmer would harm mankind then how could that person not accept making changes in behavior to prevent it.  Isn’t the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again but expect a different outcome?  It is one thing to deny that global warming is happening due to humans and then not do anything but I cannot follow the logic of agreeing with it and then still do nothing.

This article describes exactly the above scenario.  The Chinese government has accepted that climate change is real.  They believe that it is caused by human activity.  Their solution is to double the output of carbon dioxide???

China has admitted that global warming will have a massive impact on its environment but it is ready to take only limited action to reduce its soaring carbon emissions.

By the end of the century glaciers on the Tibet plateau that feed the Yangtze river an important source of water and power for the Shanghai basin and its hinterland could shrink by two-thirds. Higher rainfall downstream would also trigger landslides and other geological disasters around the massive Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze.

The report says that water scarcity and extreme weather could reduce nationwide crop production by as much as 10 per cent by 2030. In the second half of the century wheat, rice and corn production could drop by up to 37 per cent. If we do not take any actions climate change will damage Chinas longterm grain security, it says.

The main proposal is to cut emissions of carbon dioxide per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 40 per cent from 2000 to 2020. That is a measure called carbon intensity. However, Chinas aim over the same two decades is to quadruple its GDP so that reaching its carbon intensity goal would imply more than a doubling of emissions.

The European Union says that the plan is incompatible with avoiding more dangerous climate change.

China, however, believes that international emission limits are unfair and could cause economic problems. It claims that it lacks the technology to meet such ambitious goals. Its leaders are also concerned that closing older factories or power plants could destroy jobs in poorer areas, where the government worries about unrest among the unemployed.

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