China unveils green targets


Premier vows to improve energy efficiency and curb pollution and carbon emissions.

China plans to reduce its reliance on coal by upping energy efficiency and the use of non-fossil fuels.REUTERS

China plans to reduce its reliance on coal by upping energy efficiency and the use of non-fossil fuels.REUTERS

Growing environmental costs and energy demands have persuaded China’s leaders that the country cannot sustain its breakneck economic growth. In a speech on Saturday at the annual National Party Congress in Beijing, Premier Wen Jiabao announced ambitious five-year goals for increasing energy efficiency and curbing carbon emissions — and a reduced target for economic growth.

Jane Qiu, Nature 471, 149 (2011) | doi:10.1038/471149a

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