China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 pct

China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 pct
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BEIJING Aug 19 International organisations could be overestimating emissions from China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gasbecause of problems in the way they calculate their data, said a study published by Nature on Wednesday.

With talks on a new global climate accord set to take place in Paris in December, China, the world’s biggest producer of climate-warming gas, has promised to bring emissions to a peak by “around 2030″, but it remains unclear how much CO2 China is actually producing and how much it will produce in 15 years.

While there is no official figure for Chinese carbon emissions last year, estimates stand at around 9-10 billion tonnes, while forecasts for 2030 range anywhere between 11 billion and 20 billion tonnes.

“Without an accurate baseline, any target will become a number-crunching game,” said Dabo Guan, Chair of Climate Change Economics at the University of East Anglia, and one of the authors of the Nature study.

The paper said organisations like the European Union’s Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) have overestimated China’s emissions by as much as 14 percent by using default conversion rates that should not apply in Ch……………. continues on Nature – Reuters

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Aurora as Seen From the International Space Station: NASA Astronaut Shares …
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Aug 19, 2015 03:19 PM EDT

(Photo : NASA) An aurora as seen from the International Space Station.

One of the perks of being aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is constantly being able to look down on the Earth and witness some of the most stunning views imaginable.

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Scott Kelly, one of two crewmembers midway through the “Year in Space” mission, captured on such view – an aurora – and shared it on Twitter. NASA later released the image in high resolution.

You can see the high-res image here.

“The dancing lights of the aurora provide spectacular views, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun,” NASA

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