The United States is no longer the top dog when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Years earlier than predicted, China has now overtaken the US.
According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, soaring demand for coal to generate electricity and a surge in cement production have helped to push China's recorded emissions for 2006 beyond those from the US already. It says China produced 6,200m tonnes of CO2 last year, compared with 5,800m tonnes from the US.
It's important to remember that China's increase in GHG emissions isn't offset by reductions somewhere else. It's in addition to the already massive emissions from other nations, particularly the industrialized West.