China Now Tops the EU in Per-Capita Carbon Emissions

Smoke is emitted from cars on the road in heavy smog in Jilin city, northeast Chinas Jilin province Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Photo

There is no such thing as an average Chinese person or lifestyle. In a country where poor farmers still struggle to eke out a living from parched soils, the sons of the political elite cruise Beijing’s streets in red Ferraris and spend lavishly on every whim. Still, it’s an arresting fact that, statistically, the average Chinese person now accounts for more carbon emissions annually than the average European.

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