​China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 exceeded for the first time those of the US and other developed nations combined, according to a report published Thursday by an energy consulting group.

China’s 27 percent share of emissions surpassed the combined output of the US — the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter at 11 percent — as well as all 27 European Union member states and India, which has the world’s third highest emissions rate at 6.6 percent, Rhodium Group’s analysis showed.

China, India and other developing nations have balked at efforts to reduce global emission rates, arguing that richer developed nations like the US and the EU should take action before them and help them foot the bill for the costs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping participated in President Biden’s virtual climate summit last month at the White House and said his country would reach peak emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by mid-centrury.

Two men smoke cigarettes in the central business district of Beijing, China during a sandstorm on April 15, 2021.
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“To protect the environment is to protect productivity, and to boost the environment is to boost productivity. It’s as simple as that,” Xi said, adding that he would work with the US and the international community to reach those goals.

China is also a member of the Paris climate accord, the global agreement former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2019.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said “to protect the environment is to protect productivity,” during President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit.
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Biden rejoined the pact in February.

China, which has a population of more than 1.4 billion people, passed the 14 gigaton threshold for carbon dioxide equivalents for the first time in 2019 – a tripling of its 1990 levels and a 25 percent jump in the past decade, Rhodium reported.

Because of that increase, China’s share of global emissions in 2019 of 52 gigatons rose to 27 percent.

China exceeded the 14 gigaton threshold for carbon dioxide equivalents for the first time in 2019, Rhodium reported.
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The report said it expects to see China’s emissions, which grew around 1.7 percent during the coronavirus pandemic even though emissions in other nations declined, to lead the global community in 2020.

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