Giant on the move
China: Green or Gray?
As Copenhagen’s climate talks draw near, more and more critics are turning to the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and asking how much damage has been done and what is being done about it?
China’s booming double-digit growth came with a price. Coal, the dirtiest of the fossil fuels produces 80 percent of the country’s energy. But China says change is already well underway. The government recently announced that it aims to cut 2005 carbon intensity levels by 40-45 percent by 2020.
Wu Changhua, Greater China Director of think tank The Climate Group, argues that while China’s pollution levels are closely monitored, it’s green efforts often go unnoticed:
The great retreat…
Glaciers melt by the road to Copenhagen.
High up on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, according scientists at China's Institute of Sciences.
The Himalayan glaciers are receding at a rate of 20 metres every year, at this speed they may disappear altogether by 2035, according to a United Nations report.
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Proud to plug in their car
It buzzes along at 50 kilometres an hour and it's got its own cult following in its native Shandong province.
But at the moment that is the only place it can drive, until it is given official approval.
After that, the Shifeng Group who created the electromobile hope to turn their technology to all manner of vehicles.
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