China Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases
Beijing will peg its reductions to GDP
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2009 12:25 PM CST
In a Nov. 18 file photo President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrive for a meeting in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/file)
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(Newser) – China said today that it plans to ramp up efforts to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and that Premier Wen Jiabao will attend next month's climate conference in Copenhagen. The announcement comes a day after President Obama said he, too, would attend to lay out US reductions. The developments raise hopes that the conference will yield meaningful progress after all.

China's State Council said the nation would cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40% to 45% in 10 years. The goal does not mean that it will cut its total carbon emissions. In fact, given the expected huge increases in China's economy over the next decade, its global warming emissions could increase—but at a much slower pace than if China had made no changes.