Why the U.S.-China Emissions Pact Could Be a Climate Change BreakthroughBy
Before President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Beijing, environmentalists and others concerned about climate change had reason to be doubtful about the meeting. First, China’s government tried to turn the capital into a giant Potemkin Village: To clean the city’s air pollution in time for the arrival of the VIPs, the government told residents to get out of town. When that didn’t work and the smog persisted, China started blocking data on air pollution.
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