China takes no.1 spot

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It’s official. There was speculation that China would pass the US as the world’s number 1 emitter of greenhouse gases some time last year, but now the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has confirmed this is, indeed, the case — in absolute terms at least. Per capita, the US still leads the way; the average American being responsible for 19.4 tons, followed by Russia at 11.8 tons, Western Europe at 8.6 tons, China at 5.1 tons and India at 1.8 tons per person. The worrying thing is that the average Chinese aspires to an American lifestyle.