China’s greenhouse gas pollution could double or more in two decades says a new Chinese state think-tank study. Beijing has not released recent official data on greenhouse gas from the nation’s fast-growing use of coal, oil and gas. Researchers abroad estimate China’s carbon dioxide emissions now easily outstrip that of the United States, long the biggest emitter. But in a break with official reticence, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other major state-run institutes have concluded that, without dramatic counter-steps, their nation’s emissions will tower over all others’ much sooner and higher than an earlier government forecast indicated. (Reuters)

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