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China’s Top Leaders Leave Tough Climate Decisions to Bureaucrats

The nation’s five-year plan did little to bring it closer to President Xi Jinping’s goal of reaching net zero by 2060.

China's Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate

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Slowing global warming comes down to cutting emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. There are different ways to get there, but a country's policies flow from that top-level target. China, the world’s biggest polluter, fell short when it unveiled its goal for the next five years.