China, India largest CO2 emitting countries

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London, Jul 2: A Dutch environment report has accused China and India for the high growth rise in carbon emissions, explaining they have "completely nullified" the reductions achieved by rich nations.

Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (PBL) stated on Thursday, Jul 1 that the global CO2 emissions have remained constant in 2009 despite the economic crisis slowing down the growth flight of many countries.

"Strong increases in CO2 emissions from fast-growing developing countries, such as China and India, have completely nullified CO2 emission reductions in the industrialized world," stated the report.

The result showed that emissions from fossil-fuel combustion in the industrial countries have decreased by seven per cent. But in China and India, they actually increased by nine and six per cent respectively.

Both China and India had sworn ambitious target cuts ahead of 2009 Copenhagen climate change summit.

While India announced a target reduction of 20-25 per cent by 2020 on the 2005 levels, Beijing promised to curb its emission intensity by 40 to 45 per cent by 2020.

Although there have been strong increases in emissions in countries such as China and India, their average CO2 emissions per inhabitant, in 2009, were still below those in industrial countries as stated by the report.

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