Why Chinese cities are different

December 8th 2015

Since becoming the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter in 2007, China now contributes nearly 20 per cent of global emissions. While 58 per cent of China's energy-related CO2 emissions are currently derived from cities, in the coming decades this figure is likely to climb closer to the 70 per cent global average, according to a report, issued by the China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stockholm Environment Institute with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Therefore, as Lynn Price, Senior Staff Scientist and Group Leader at China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory puts it: 'The importance of cities in China cannot be understated'.

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