gergreg wrote: ↑June 28, 2020, 3:14 pm
We are totally the lucky country and I'm very grateful to have won the lottery of life in being born here.
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Well that is something we can agree on.
But I disagree that China is still a developing country.
If you look at World Steel production in 2018 China produced 928.3 million tonnes compared to a world total of 1,808.4 million tonnes.
World Motor Vehicle production for 2019 was 91,786,861 and China alone produced 25,720,665 or 28% of the Worlds total.
In Ship building South Korea tops it at 49,600,000 tonnes with China second on 43,900,000, Japan on 13,000,000 and the rest of the world on 5,000,000 tonnes.
If you look at 'Food Supply our World in Data' comparing 1961 to 2013 for Daily supply of Calories per person per day the figures for China are 1415 and 3108, Australia is 3091 and 3276, USA 2380 and 3682, NZ 2926 and 3137, Japan 2525 and 2726. China is clearly producing enough to feed its people.
But when it comes to emissions China burns 50.5% of the total coal consumed in the World (Worldometer). The Union of Concerned Scientists use information from the International Energy Agency updated on 11 May 2020, which put Chinese CO2 emissions at 28% of the Worlds total.
https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/each-c ... -emissions
The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019, estimates that with their current production China will run out of coal in about 38 years (pending any additional discoveries). I think it is unlikely that any other nation will be burning coal at the current rate China does. The high sustained increasing rate of coal consumption in China though, will make the goal of reducing World emissions extremely difficult in the coming decade. China is also building coal fired power stations in other nations which more readily fit as 'developing nations' eg Pakistan.
I think emissions reduction is a World issue and needs the largest emitters on board.