Warning of worsening droughts and floods and melting glaciers, the meeting stressed the "urgency" of tackling climate change and called for domestic objectives to control greenhouse emissions.
The cabinet meeting also called for boosting development of low-carbon industry and the construction and transport sectors. A senior official promised this month to unveil a plan for "new energy" by the end of the year.
In fairness, in some ways China is doing more than the rest of the world. It is ahead on electric vehicles and wind power. But plainly the government does not see this as enough and there are signs that some emissions goals may be part of the next five-year development plan from 2011.
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