China takes larger steps to combat climate change

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Following a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chinese officials in Beijing, China is expected to begin its next five-year development plan in 2011 with stricter measures to halt carbon dioxide emissions.

According to a report by Reuters: “I think the single most important thing is to understand that in its development plans — in other words, how the Chinese economy grows over the coming years — low-carbon growth is at the heart of those plans,” Blair told a news conference.

It is expected that Western nations will put increased pressure on China at the upcoming Copenhagen conference, which will act as the new Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire in 2012.

Already China is booming in the green energy sector and has a nation-wide goal of cutting energy use by 20 percent over the next five years to 2010 levels.

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