Hes­i­tant China

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China prom­ises to re­duce its pol­lu­tion lev­els in the run-up to the cli­mate change meet in Paris at the end of 2015. But is it enough?

CHINA, THE world's largest green­house gas (GHG) emit­ter, has pledged to peak its car­bon emis­sions latest by 2030 and then start re­duc­ing it, ac­cord­ing to its In­tended Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions (INDCs). INDCs are the vol­un­tary pledges coun­tries are mak­ing ahead of the Paris cli­mate change meet­ing at the end of 2015. China has pledged to re­duce emis­sions in­ten­sity of its GDP by 60-65 per cent, com­pared with 2005 lev­els, by 2030. It has also agreed to un­der­take a num­ber of other mea­sures. How­ever, the re­duc­tion tar­get is less am­bi­tious com­pared to what China had pledged to do till 2020 un­der the Can­cun Agree­ment.

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