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Climate change - the quest for global leadership

The United States is back in the race, while China has set ambitious carbon emissions goals. At stake is the growing green tech sector – and the health of the planet.

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared at the UN General Assembly that the country was aiming to hit peak carbon emissions by 2030. PHOTO: AFP
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Wuhai, a tiny city of just over half a million people in Inner Mongolia, is coal country.

Growing up there, Dr Yang Yingxia remembers the hills dotted with coal mines, and how her friends would set off for the country seeking to make their fortunes from the black gold beneath the ground.

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