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China's energy crisis shows just how hard it will be to reach net zero

  • Written by Jun Du, Professor of Economics, Centre Director of Centre for Business Prosperity (CBP), Aston University

As the world prepares to discuss more aggressive cuts to carbon emissions at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, China has just sent out the worst possible advance signal. It is going to loosen restrictions on coal mining in the final three months of the year in response to an energy crisis which has seen nationwide blackouts and...