China – World’s Biggest Emitter – Demands Climate Reparations

China – World’s Biggest Emitter – Demands Climate Reparations
November 20, 2013

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)

China led a bloc of 132 countries walking out of talks at the United Nations climate summit in Warsaw, Poland, today after the United States and other nations said they will not agree to discuss climate reparations until 2015, conveniently just after the upcoming 2014 elections.

According to the UK Guardian, “Developing countries have demanded that a new UN institution be set up to oversee compensation, but rich countries have been dismissive.”

China and developing nations claim the United States and other Western nations owe them money because Western nations are causing global warming that is destroying their countries.

Newly reported emissions data show China emits nearly twice as much carbon dioxide as any other nation. China emits more carbon dioxide than the entire Western Hemisphere, and its emissions are growing faster than any other nation. By comparison, the United States emits only half as much carbon dioxide as China, and U.S. emissions are in steady decline.

Objective meteorological data show extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and droughts are becoming less frequent and severe as the planet warms. By contrast, warmer temperatures, more precipitation, longer growing seasons, and the aerial fertilization effect of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are stimulating a greening of the planet and record crop yields.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)