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China Is the Emissions Behemoth. Can It Change Fast Enough?

Jan. 21, 2020, 9:00 PM

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China is the front line in the global battle against climate change. It’s the nation with the most people, where half of the world’s coal is burned to use more energy than any other country. China currently emits the most greenhouse gases, and there’s not yet a sign of reaching the peak. The rate of growth presages continued rising emissions.

The planet’s best hope is that China manages to match its dramatic rise in emissions with an equally rapid reining in. While ...