British economist Lord Nicholas Stern said on Tuesday that discussions are underway in China to move the target peak date for greenhouse gas emissions from 2030 to 2025, Financial Times reported. Stern, who has lived and worked in China for 25 years and authored the 2006 Stern review on climate-change economics, said China is looking at scaling back the pollution that has made it the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter faster than expected. He also said he believed China’s use of coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, was likely to peak much faster than some have predicted, and possibly earlier than 2020.
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