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Carbon Emissions

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Greenhouse gases

Emissionary position

Jun 7th 2007

AUSTRALIA belched out 19.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person in 2004, nearly as much as America's 20.2 tonnes. Like America, Australia declined to sign up to the Kyoto protocol because the treaty did not include large developing-nation polluters such as China. However, in a recent change of policy, Australia announced the adoption of measures to combat emissions. China always pointed out that its emissions of 3.6 tonnes per person are paltry compared with other big economies. But, perhaps heeding predictions that it is set to overtake America this year as the world's biggest polluter, it too recently announced plans to curb emissions by using renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric power.

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