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China Boosts Energy and Emissions Goals After Record Smog

China will step up efforts to cut its emissions and improve energy efficiency this year after record air pollution in Beijing, where the national legislature opened its annual meeting today.

The government will reduce carbon emissions and energy use per unit of gross domestic product by at least 3.7 percent in 2013 and carry out carbon-trading trials, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report today. China’s top economic planning agency said carbon intensity fell 5 percent, and energy use per unit of GDP slid 3.6 percent last year, beating targets of 3.5 percent.