The pollution from China’s annual forest fires is one of the biggest threats to the world’s forests, according to a new study.
The study, published online Monday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that China’s fires cause more carbon dioxide than most other countries.
And the researchers say the country’s carbon dioxide emissions could have reached 5 million tons a year by 2025, the same amount China has emitted since the 1970s.
“It’s very, very important that we understand the impact of fires on our forests,” said study lead author Shukeng Li, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy.
The team studied nearly 3,000 woodlands in the northeastern China city of Lhasa.
They looked at carbon dioxide emission levels in the years from the mid-1980s through the end of 2015.
The researchers also looked at emissions in the mid-’90s and mid-2000s.
They used the China National Inventory of Forest and Grassland (CNIFG) and other data to compile their findings.
“We looked at the CO2 emissions in all of the different sectors in China,” Li said.
“And what we found was that China was the only one in the world that actually emitted more CO2 than it produced.
So the impact was very, much greater than the numbers would indicate.”
China’s carbon emissions were the third highest among all of its countries.
The country produced 2.5 million tons of CO2 a year from 2005 through 2014, according the CNIFG.
The next-highest country was the United States with 1.3 million tons.
China’s CO2 emission was a little more than half of the U.S.’s.
“It’s a big problem,” said James Gagnon, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Global Climate and Energy Program.
China’s CO 2 emissions “are more than enough to change the climate,” Gagn on the China-China link.
“That is a very serious problem,” he said.
Gagnon and others warn that China is already the world leader in burning the countrys forests.
China has set a goal of reducing CO2 output by 5% per year from 2020 to 2030.
China, the worlds largest coal producer, is responsible for almost half of all CO2 released into the atmosphere.
“The forest fires in China are more serious than the carbon emissions of the United Kingdom,” Gask said.
China is also the world with the highest carbon emissions from its forests.
“We’ve got China at the top of the list, but it’s not even close.”
In fact, according a recent report by the International Council for the Exploration of Unconventional Energy (ICLEUE), China is the largest single source of new CO2 releases in the entire world.
The report says that China, which is now in the midst of a massive coal-fired power plant expansion, will have a large increase in CO2 from new power plant construction.
China also plans to build nearly 2.4 million additional homes by 2040.
“China is a big contributor to the global warming and the CO 2 [spill] problem,” Gascón said.
China has also been working to reduce its CO2 levels through its National Development and Reform Commission, a policy body charged with developing environmental policies.
But Gagn said China’s actions have largely been ineffectual.
“There are two main reasons for China’s failure to reduce CO2,” Gannon said.
One is that they have not managed the transition to a low-carbon economy, the other is the failure of the government to do its part to manage the impacts of climate change.
“Li and other researchers believe that the coal industry is the primary cause of China’s emissions.
China currently has more than 1,000 coal plants in operation, and nearly 90% of them are older than 50 years.
That means China’s older coal plants have a longer life span than those of newer plants.
And older coal plant emissions are linked to higher CO2.”
Because of the large carbon dioxide footprint from coal-burning, the country will have to face serious climate change problems even if it is possible to phase out all coal-based energy by 2070,” Li wrote in a news release.
In the meantime, Li said China is working on a “big transition” to a more efficient economy.
The government is spending billions of dollars to develop clean energy technologies, including a program to develop renewable energy sources.