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China seen topping US carbon emissions in 2007

China is on course to overtake the United States this year as the world's biggest carbon emitter, Reuters reported estimates based on Chinese energy data as showing.

China's emissions rose by some 10% in 2005, a senior U.S. scientist estimated, while Beijing data shows fuel consumption rose more than 9% in 2006, suggesting China would easily outstrip the U.S. this year, long before forecasts.
 
 "It looks likely to me that China will pass the United States this year," said Gregg Marland, a senior staff scientist at the U.S. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), which supplies data to governments, researchers and non-governmental organisations worldwide. "There's a very high likelihood they'll pass them in 2007."
 

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