As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must. By Myers, Bradsher & Buckley, 7/26/21, NY Times
China’s breakneck growth over the last 4 decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets & farmland. The cities lured factories, & the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people
out of the poverty & rural hardship they once faced.
Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting to extreme weather caused by climate change, a possibility that few gave much thought
to when the country began its extraordinary economic transformation. China’s
pell-mell, brisk urbanization has in some ways made the challenge harder
The Worldbank’s most recent data from 2014 shows the top emitters of CO2
in millions of kilotons (kt) added to the atmosphere.
China: 10.3m kt
United States: 5.3m kt
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