China’s carbon emissions fall for first time since Covid lockdowns

Vehicles drive on a highway on a pollution day in Beijing, China. – EPA pic, November 25, 2021.

CHINA’S CO2 emissions fell in the third quarter for the first time since the country reopened from Covid-19 lockdowns, research published today showed, in what experts said could mark a carbon “turning point” for the country.

However, the threat of economic slowdown could soon prompt authorities to turn to infrastructure stimulus measures, raising emissions again, the research by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) warned.

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