Norway consumes, China pollutes

Increasing consumption in Norway is one factor to blame for China's growing greenhouse-gas emissions, a new report shows, which its authors say exposes how western countries "export" pollution to China.

The study, produced by WWF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, says that carbon dioxide emissions from Chinese export manufacturing for Norwegian markets have almost tripled since 2001, reaching 6.8 million tonnes in 2006.

The report is intended as an example of how OECD countries are partly responsible for rising carbon dioxide emissions in the developing
world, even as developed countries’ emissions are seen to flatten.

"Western countries such as Norway are outsourcing pollution to China and other countries in the developing world. This is…covering the
real responsibilities for global warming," said report co-author Rasmus Reinvang of WWF-Norway.