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China has a path to become a climate change leader
If it wants, China can sustainably phase-out coal-fired power and keep the climate from warming by 2°C (3.6°F), without creating a serious economic impact.  According to a new study of the energy sector, China can meet a more ambitious goal of keeping warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F), but that would require meticulous planning and financial support to retire the coal plants.  “This report shows that a sustainable coal power phase-out in China is possible, by rapidly retiring the low-hanging fruit and gradually reducing the operating hours of the remaining [coal-fired power] plants,” said Jiang Kejun, a co-lead author of the study and senior researcher with the Chinese government-backed Energy Resear