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China's heartland delivers pollution punch: Study

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:19 AM
 
Smoke billows from a chimney of the cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Dadong, Shanxi province, China, on Dec 3, 2009. China's lesser-developed heartland is responsible for 80 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions related to goods consumed along the wealthier coast, international researchers said on Monday. -- PHOTO : AP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - China's lesser-developed heartland is responsible for 80 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions related to goods consumed along the wealthier coast, international researchers said on Monday.

China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and has vowed to reduce such emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45 per cent of the country's 2005 levels by 2020.

But the study in the United States (US) journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that current efforts to cut harmful greenhouse gases fall short because of the way they set targets for the highest polluting areas.

"China has set emissions targets which are more stringent in affluent coastal provinces than in less-developed interior provinces," said study co-author Laixiang Sun, a researcher at the University of Maryland.

 
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