Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Global Carbon Bombs (Guardian)

China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

Greenpeace analysis shows 14 planned giant fossil fuel projects will increase global emissions by 20%
Opencast coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China
The Shengli opencast coal mine in Xilin Hot, Inner Mongolia. China's five north-western provinces aim to increase coal production by 620m tonnes by 2015. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace
China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophicclimate change, a Greenpeace report warned on Tuesday.
The Point of No Return study, by consultancy firm Ecofys for Greenpeace, calculated that the 14 giant fossil fuel projects would produce 6.3 gigatonnes of CO2 a year in 2020 – as much as the entire United States emits annually.
The largest contributors will be China's five north-western provinces, which aim to increase coal production by 620m tonnes by 2015, generating an additional 1.4bn tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.

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