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China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked as Climate Policy Bites

July 2, 2018, 9:42 PM

China’s greenhouse-gas emissions could be falling faster than expected, bolstering the world’s biggest polluter’s leadership credentials in the fight against climate change.

A decline in emissions in the three years through 2016 is linked to technology improvements in cities focused on energy production and manufacturing, according to research led by the University of East Anglia in England. China can eliminate about 30 percent of its carbon dioxide output by concentrating on “super emitting” industry sectors in some of the 182 cities covered by the report.

The leveling off of China’s emissions is a “tremendous watershed” in the fight ...