Global warming and climate change: brief analysis about China — Yunyi Cao

Global warming and climate change are the most pressing issues we are facing today. China, the continent has one fifth percent of population of the world, contributed to global greenhouse gas emission has increased significantly for the last 20 years. China is the biggest developing country and its energy needs are dependent heavily on coal, which is the most intensive carbon fuel. Continuing consumption of coal is not only causing the rising greenhouse gas emission, but also damaged the natural resource of China by arbitrarily exploiting and mining.
Indeed, Western China is the most concerned and being polluted areas as it is the industrial base and contains large amount of China’s energy resource. As mentioned in the class, economic growth imbalance between east and west is the major problem Chinese government needs to be solved. Western regions, as the mainly industrial base, their outputs of coal fuel are the top of the whole country. Moreso, their average GDP level is much lower than other regions and contains least technologically advanced.
How to develop advanced cleaner air transformation technology, how to find other substitute environmental advanced fuels, and how to help further modernize the industrial practices in the Western regions probably are the principal questions Chinese government should solve.

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2 comments on “Global warming and climate change: brief analysis about China — Yunyi Cao
  1. jeremy says:

    I experienced the poor air quality problem at first hand earlier this year when I made a business trip to Shanghai, Yunyi, so I share your concern. On a positive note, I think there are some senior officials within the Chinese government (e.g. Pan Yue) who are trying to do something about it.

  2. Sebastian says:

    With the remarkably growing Chinese economy, the average income of the Chinese rises. More people will have more money to spend. A very attractive consumer good is the car. In Shanghai for example, the government had to pass a restriction law for the registration of cars limited to just a couple of thousand cars allowed to be registered per month due to the fact that there simply is not enough room in Shanghai. Additionally, the registration fee is unbelievebly high (in 2004: 40.000 Yuan – ca. € 4.000).
    In contrast to Shanghai, there is no such restriction on car registration in Peking. As a result, the registrations of cars have doubled to 2.3 million cars and are expected to rise even further. This does not only contribute to the problem of the global warming but this process will also result in a higher consumption of petrol. This may lead to a shortage in oil and raise the oil price even further. “Substitute environmental advanced fuels” Yunyi was talking about are essential in order to face these problems which will be arising sooner or later in the future.

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