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China Delivers Blow to Climate Summit With No New Targets

  • Lack of new ambition lowers prospects for progress at summit
  • China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases
Barges travel past the Wangting Power Plant.

Barges travel past the Wangting Power Plant.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China said it’s sticking to existing climate change targets to zero out emissions, reducing the chances for more ambitious global action at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

The nation’s updated pledge under the Paris Agreement, known as a National Determined Contribution, reiterated the second-biggest economy’s plan to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, and to hit net zero by 2060.