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Chinese carbon dioxide emissions eclipse efficiency gains

Boom in manufacturing and export, construction responsible for net increase

The rapid growth of China’s export-driven economy earlier this decade fueled a dramatic increase in carbon dioxide emissions that overwhelmed the country’s substantial improvement in energy efficiency, a new analysis reveals.

China’s recent economic growth has made the country the world’s third-largest exporter and its fourth-largest economy. It has also made the Asian dynamo, in one sense, the world’s largest polluter: In 2006, China passed the United States to become the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent anthropogenic greenhouse gas.

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