Deal With Global Warming: Try Not to Divorce – China Youth Daily

An interesting point on a personal level in helping fight global warming. Translated by CDT from China Youth Daily:

With the rising divorce rate, China may soon become another target of finger pointing from the developed world when it comes to the global warming talks, and this one may seem light years away from any climatic issue. The divorce cases in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in China were respectively 1.6 million, 1.7 million and 1.9 million.

Researchers have found that splitting up a family will dramatically increase power and water consumptions, as experience also suggests. In 2005, divorced Americans consumed 46% more electricity and 56% more water per head than married couples. And those new singles live in 33-95% more rooms than the married counterparts. If the divorced consumed the same level of power and other resources as the married in 2005, it would have saved 73 billion kilowatt-hours, 627 billion gallons of water and 38 million rooms. The Three Gorges Dam is expected to produce over 80 billion kilowatt-hours a year. [Full Text in Chinese]

December 21, 2007 8:09 PM
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