Yin & yang of climate & energy in China

A September 14, 2022 Opinion, China Is Writing the Story of the Climate Future, by David Wallace-Wells in The New York Times, points out the complexities of climate change and renewable energy in China, a country that was blanketed by heat and drought during the 2022 “Summer of Disasters.”

“China is not just the world’s largest climate polluter but is responsible now for about half of all global coal use and almost a third of all global carbon emissions — a growing share, and more than twice the American contribution. (Though on a per-capita basis, the United States is still doing much worse.)”

David Wallace-Wells | The New York Times | September 14, 2022
Coal ash pit with the reflection of electric utility lines
Electric lines reflected in coal waste

“Last year, China installed more renewable capacity than was rolled out in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa combined. And although the plunge in the price of renewables is often regarded as an authorless global market success story, probably the largest contribution to that price collapse has been investment and innovation in Chinese manufacturing (quite a lot of it under horrifying conditions in Xinjiang).”

David Wallace-Wells | The New York Times | September 14, 2022

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