With 4.7 billion metric tons, China's CO2
emissions have reached the level of Europe and will soon surpass the
total emission amount of the United States of America..
China's per capita CO2 emissions are still
relatively low. But the country's rapid economic development and
short-sighted infrastructure policy, which is favoring private cars
and seriously neglecting public mass transport, will fairly soon
make China the largest CO2 emitter worldwide.
China's urban agglomerations are already
suffocating under the massive increase of road traffic. Beijing, for
instance, is building one high-way ring after the other - instead of
massively expanding mass transportation, such as the subway network.
Beijing's current subway network is far shorter than that of major
Western capitals, such as London or New York.