In 2004, the International Energy Agency predicted that China would overtake the U.S. in 2025 as the largest source of CO2 emissions. Last year they predicted this would happen in 2010.According to the Independent, China's CO2 emisssions will surpass the United States sometime this year.
Said the UK's special representative on climate change, John Ashton:"I think what this does is increase even more than we understood hitherto the urgency of the process and the scale of the response needed. It is about a structural transformation of the global economy, from high-carbon to low-carbon, that we need to make together. It is even more urgent than we thought it was."