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China’s Hot Summer Is Latest Test of Its Carbon-Neutrality Drive

Recent power shortages underscore how officials are struggling to balance climate goals and economic targets

Children play in the sea in front of the mangroves of Ha Pak Nai with the city of Shenzhen in background.
Photographer: Marc Fernandes/NurPhoto/Getty Images

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For the second time in six months, Chinese provinces are rationing electricity as the nation’s grids struggle to manage a surge in demand. This time, it’s partly because residents are blasting their air conditioners to keep cool during an unusually warm summer.