Looking for Concrete Solutions

By Ryan McGreal
Published January 30, 2006

I just came across a remarkable graph on the Oil Drum. It looks like China is using about as much cement as the rest of the world combined.

Gigatons per year of cement
Image source: The Oil Drum

It's worth plowing through the 100 comments on this post, many of which trace the relationships between cement and energy use, pollution, greenhouse gas production, and destroyed agricultural capacity.

China's rate of growth is truly staggering, but that rate cannot continue indefinitely. It will be very, very interesting to see where it all leads (and I mean "interesting" in the same sense that Kevin Somers uses).

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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