China has been embarrassed as 25 cities responsible for 52 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have been exposed.
China has been embarrassed after a research revealed that China’s 25 megacities are responsible for 52 percent of all worldwide urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, and they are the first global balance sheet of greenhouse gas emissions from major cities throughout the world.
Researchers did so by compiling sector-level GHG emission inventories from 167 cities, ranging from metropolitan areas like Durban, South Africa, to cities like Milan, Italy. The cities were selected from 53 nations (North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania) for their representativeness in terms of urban size and regional distribution. Only Tokyo and Moscow are among the top 25 cities outside of China.
The findings are not encouraging for Beijing, especially in light of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which saw over 170 countries pledge to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The fact that the UN’s IPCC report issued a “code red for humanity,” with climate chiefs imploring action to avoid a tragedy, doesn’t help matters.
According to the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020, we are still on track for a temperature increase of more than 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless we take significant action to reduce emissions.
There are now fewer than three months until COP26, a critical climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where many expect additional measures to be enacted.
Those in Europe, Australia, and the United States have substantially higher per capita emissions than cities in poor countries, according to the study.
But it’s not all bad news: between 2012 and 2016, emissions in 30 cities decreased significantly.
Oslo, Houston, Seattle, and Bogota were the top four cities with the greatest reduction in emissions per capita.
Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Johannesburg, and Venice were the four cities with the biggest rises.
Some of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions were also identified by the researchers.
“Breaking down the emissions by sector helps educate us what efforts should be prioritized to cut emissions from buildings, transportation, industrial processes, and other sources,” said Shaoqing Chen, one of the study’s authors.
The study found that stationary energy, which includes emissions, has a negative impact on the environment. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”