News today in FT says that China will overtake USA in carbon emissions this year; the original story from reuters
The growth is mainly due to growth in power generation capacity (new coal fired power stations). It is estimated that the amount of power generation they will add by 2015 will be equal to the entire capacity of the EU. Its totally understandable that they need power as the country develops and their per person footprint is still small compared with the west.
Depressing stuff. The political implications are that China will be more under pressure to commit to a cap in carbon emissions. Although in short term the fact that they dont is USA's main excuse for not making a commitment.
The only additional thought I had was about the Olympics in 2008. Is there a way to link these; in that 'the world is watching'?