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China Signals It’s Not Joining Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions

  • Nation doing enough to tackle climate change, officials say
  • ‘Blah blah blah’ accusation is true to ‘some degree’: Wang
A man tends to vegetables in a field as emissions rise from nearby cooling towers of a coal-fired power station in China.

A man tends to vegetables in a field as emissions rise from nearby cooling towers of a coal-fired power station in China.

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

China signaled it’s unlikely to join a global pledge to cut methane emissions, and said it’s already doing enough to reduce greenhouse gases.

“The U.S keeps telling people to join it for new pledges but without giving solutions about how to” tackle methane, said Wang Yi, a senior Chinese negotiator at COP26. “Young people say there’s a lot of blah, blah, blah here, which to some degree is true,” he said, referring to comments from climate activist Greta Thunberg.