China is the rousing giant of global warming. It stands as a developing nation outside the guidelines of the Kyoto treaty, yet with more than one billion people and a huge energy-gobbling economy, it is one of the most influential countries in climate change. It is first in coal consumption and the number two nation in carbon dioxide emissions behind the United States. Many of its cities are thick with air pollution and large regions are beset with drought, failing crops and sandstorms linked to global warming. China’s leaders remain fixed on rapid development and increasing energy use, yet the first steps are being taken toward emissions control and alternative energy. These few photos represent the first attempt by World View of Global Warming to bring China into focus among all the other effects documented. More information and photos will be added soon.
Capitol Steel Mill, the largest polluter and emitter in Beijing, dominates the west side of the city.
Beijing’s center is a metropolis to rival New York and London, and automobile use is increasing rapidly..
Air pollution, smoke and smog are a constant presence in many cities.
Glaciers across Western China and the Tibetan Plateau are shrinking, threatening more water shortages..