OSLO (Reuters) – Developing nations that are fast industrializing, such as China and India, have braked their rising greenhouse gas emissions by more than the total cuts demanded of rich nations by the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol.
How have they done this?
“China is already doing a lot,” said Hu Tao, of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration.
He said China’s one-child per couple policy introduced in the early 1980s, for instance, had a side-effect of braking global warming by limiting the population to 1.3 billion against a projected 1.6 billion without the policy.
“This has reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” he told a conference in Oslo last month. China is the number two emitter of greenhouse gases, mainly from burning fossil fuels, behind the United States and ahead of Russia.
And don’t think for one second that this doesn’t make sense to Al Gore. We’re going to reach a point where those of us who have the audacity to think babies getting slaughtered is somewhat of a violation of their rights will be blamed for contributing to destroying life as we know it. My “irony” file is overflowing.