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Will China’s Rebounding Carbon Emissions Spur Action or Malaise?

June 28, 2018, 11:30 PM

China’s carbon emissions are going up after three years of relative stability, prompted in part by new government measures launched in 2016 to stimulate industrial growth.

Emissions went up 4 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year and increased by 120 million metric tons in 2017, a study from gas and oil giant BP Plc said. The increase represents the most year-on-year growth for any country.

While many analysts believe that these increases won’t continue long term—and that China will still meet its Paris Agreement commitment to peak carbon emissions ...