A new study suggests the world's top polluter, China, has made some significant strides in bringing greenhouse gases under control. Correspondent Eve Johnson explains why Beijing is less than thrilled about the new report.
Is the world's top polluter ignoring an inconvenient truth? A new report says China's reached one of it's key climate change targets early And that could put Beijing in a bind. Leaders have vowed to bring greenhouse gases under control - aiming for a peak by 2030 But researchers say it's possible that already happened - in 2014. Correspondent David Stanway explains why Beijing isn't beating its own drum over what, on the surface, looks like a big success. SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, DAVID STANWAY, SAYING: "If they commit to an earlier target that means they will have to take even more stringent measures, which could have a big impact on their economy, which is already struggling. In China, they're remaining very cautious about this. They are saying that China is still at a certain stage of economic development, it still needs to raise its energy consumption over the next few years, it still needs to raise standards of living. There are certain regions which are relatively backward in terms of economic development, who still need to build out new coal-fired power plants and raise their energy consumption." Beijng's responded to the report saying that carbon emissions are still very much on the rise. But experts predict that if it becomes clear China's been setting the bar too low.... it's going to start hearing calls from the international community to step up its war on pollution.