China may be the world’s biggest polluter, but the country is certainly taking commendable steps towards a cleaner energy future. The latest example is a trial conducted in the country’s northwest, which saw the Qinghai Province run on 100 percent renewable energy for seven days straight.
China’s rapid industrialization has seen it claim the mantle as the world’s largest emitter of C02, some 10,357 million metric tons per year, according to the Global Carbon Project. What that means for global warming is one thing, but that pollution is also devastating for air quality, as coal combustion contributes an estimated 40 percent of the country’s harmful PM 2.5 particles.
So China is making huge investments to rectify the problem, pumping US$102.9 billion into renewables in 2016, more than one third of the world total. The country now installs a soccer field’s worth of solar panels every hour, and installed two wind turbines every hour across 2015.
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