China, the world’s largest polluter, has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. At the same time, the country announced the reopening of coal mines to boost economic activity.
“The international community must have full confidence in the implementation of China’s climate action,” the statement said. We will faithfully implement our international obligations.”
Less than three months before the COP26 climate summit takes place in Glasgow, experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded the alarm on Monday: Humans are “undoubtedly” responsible for climate change. The only way to keep the damage somewhat under control is by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In China, President Xi Jinping said in April that Beijing would “strictly control coal-fired power plant projects and gradually reduce its coal consumption.”
But China’s powerful planning agency gave the green light last week to reopen 15 mines, worth about 44 million tons of coal annually. Earlier, the Planning Office had already approved the restart of 8 more coal mines.
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