China’s net-zero pledges are starting to look like a fantasy as the emissions of the world’s biggest polluter keep rising


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Open this photo in gallery: Smoke rising from chimneys during an organized media tour in Shaanxi, China on April 26.TINGSHU WANG/Reuters The blast-furnace heat this summer in large parts of the world, including the Mediterranean countries, the Southern United States and China has delivered fresh urgency to the notion of net-zero emissions. The International Energy Agency says achieving net zero by 2050 is the only way to give us an “even chance” of limiting the rise in global average temperature to 1.5 C. All bets are off for our sorry planet after two degrees, with predictions of biblical horrors ranging...