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🧵 on 🇨🇳 and climate change. Western media and politicians are trying to shift responsibility for the future of the planet on to China, as the world's biggest emitter (in absolute terms) of greenhouse gases. This is nonsense, for many reasons, some of which I'll list...
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China's per capita emissions are less than half those of the US. Its average household power consumption is 1/8 the US. Unlike the West, China's emissions aren't driven by luxury lifestyles but by industry. Meaning the advanced countries have simply exported their emissions...
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When Biden tried to sell climate change fight bill to Americans by framing it as important in future competition with China, he is deadly wrong. It is where China and US should cooperate fully for the humankind. So deadly wrong!!! So stupid!
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China's per capita emissions are less than half those of the US. Its average household power consumption is 1/8 the US. Unlike the West, China's emissions aren't driven by luxury lifestyles but by industry. Meaning the advanced countries have simply exported their emissions...
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Nonetheless China is the world leader in renewable energy. Its total capacity is greater than the US, EU & UK combined, and is growing much faster than any of them. It produces 80% of the world's solar panels. Over half the world's renewable installation last year was in China...
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China's target of achieving peak emissions by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral by 2060 will be, by far, the fastest journey from carbon peak to carbon neutral in history. It is in line with the UN's established global goals for developing countries to be carbon neutral by 2060...
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China is making a concerted effort to reduce its reliance on coal. Coal currently constitutes 56 percent of China's power mix (approx the same as Australia), compared to to 74 percent in 2005. This reflects a serious focus on eliminating coal...
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China has taken major strides in afforestation and the protection of biodiversity. Its forest coverage has increased from 12% 40 years ago to 23% today. Its national parks cover 230,000 square km and nearly 30% of China's key terrestrial wildlife species...
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Car ownership in China is four times lower than in the US, and support for electric vehicles is much higher, with 800,000 public charging stations - almost twice as many as the rest of the world. Meanwhile, around 99 percent of the world's 400,000 electric buses are in China...
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In summary, China's already making incredible progress tackling climate breakdown, and will continue to do so. Don't worry about what China's doing. The focus needs to be on the developed countries meeting their responsibilities as the biggest contributors to cumulative emissions
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Carlos Martinez retweeted
Solar PV capacity in 2016 and 2020. 🇨🇳 78 GW → 254 GW (226% increase) 🇪🇺 101 GW → 153 GW (51% increase) 🇺🇸 40 GW → 76 GW (90% increase) 🇯🇵 43 GW → 67 GW (56% increase) 🇬🇧 12 GW → 14 GW (17% increase) Who's really taking renewables seriously?
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A large portion of China's greenhouse gas emissions are driven by export manufacturing; that is, the developed countries have exported their emissions to China and other developing countries. Average household power consumption in China is 1/8 what it is in the US and Canada.
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Carlos Martinez retweeted
Solar PV capacity in 2016 and 2020 source @agent_of_change China 78 GW → 254 GW (226% increase) EU 101 GW → 153 GW (51% increase) US 40 GW → 76 GW (90% increase) Japan 43 GW → 67 GW (56% increase) UK 12 GW → 14 GW (17% increase) Who's really taking renewables seriously?
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This new account looks like it's worth a follow: @ZimbabweCuba
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Why lifting US embargo on Cuba not on G20 agenda? It is a serious issue that deserves more global attention. chinadaily.com.cn/a/202110/2…
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The declining share of coal in China's overall energy consumption. This drop of 14% in a decade has required an enormous effort. It indicates a real shift in mindset towards 'quality growth' and including long-term environmental considerations at every level of decision-making.
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