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China’s coal pursuit to fall off, as solar set for golden decade

Carbon emissions are set to rise by 0.6% in 2019, according to an analysis from the Global Carbon Project. A huge chunk of the blame for this will be placed at the feet of China, where CO2 output increased by 0.26 gigatons. As the rest of the world actually reduced emissions by 0.02 gigatons, China’s climate policy is facing a wealth of new scrutiny, mostly focused on its continued coal addiction. This isn’t necessarily the red flag that the press has latched on to, and the blip in 2019 statistics is more likely to be the calm before the storm as solar looks to surge into the 2020s. Since the start of last year China has built 42.9 GW of…

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