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TOTAL CO2 EMMISSIONS
(million metric tons per year)
SOURCE: UNFCCC
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China is an Annex II country, not yet required to cut its emissions. But it is reported to have cut its emissions of the main gas listed in the protocol, carbon dioxide, by 17% since the mid-1990s. In the same period its economy has grown by one-third. Accounting for a fifth of the world's population, with hopes of a better life, China could obviously soon emit enough to dwarf any reductions agreed by the Annex I countries. But its leaders recognise that climate change could devastate their society. China encourages the protocol's supporters to believe that Kyoto is already helping to make a difference.
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