Source: New York Times
China might have exceeded initial expectations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, British researchers conclude in a study published in the journal Climate Policy. Two years ago, China pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and impressively did so since 2014, after joining the World Trade Organization. The country was the number one emitter, totaling at least one-fourth the globe’s emissions.
The country might see emissions reduced by 50% in 2020 — higher than the initially anticipated 40% goal set for a decade later, 2030. Experts say China’s leadership and dedication to undergo economic transformation and to limit coal use will motivate the rest of ther world, including the US, to set higher goals in reducing emissions.
The accuracy of the research cannot be determined however, since China’s high electricity demand will continue to grow and may end up reversing all efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
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