Taiwan has a huge problem
Last night I gave a presentation on "CO2 emissions and economic growth in Taiwan" in my Economic Development of Taiwan class at NCCU. The purpose of the presentation was to introduce our final paper. My presentation can be read in full in this pdf file: CO2 emissions and economic growth in Taiwan. In the paper I briefly discuss why Taiwan has had such a high growth rate in emissions and suggest some policies that might be adopted to help reduce some emissions.
There are two graphs similar to the one above in the paper. What they show is that Taiwan is on a quite frightening projectory. The growth in Taiwan's CO2 emissions has outstripped the world average more than four-fold. Furthermore, the increasing emissions are strongly linked to economic growth.
The graph was created using the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) by the World Resources Institute. It can be accessed on the internet at http://cait.wri.org (registration required). Unfortunately Taiwan is excluded from the data compiled by the UNFCCC as Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations.