But China, India and the USA did not sign the agreement at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
One nation alone, China, accounts for more than 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal. China is not joining the world in this commitment and instead promises to increase building coal fired power plants to meet soaring power demand.
To boost coal output, China has “revived old mines, hurried through permits for expansions and loosened some safety regulations. They’ve also stepped in on prices to ensure electricity generators are incentivized to fully use power plant capacity.” (Bloomberg)
China is also seeking to increase imports of foreign coal. China’s demand for the fossil fuel in the power and industrial sectors could break the country’s 2013 record for emissions from coal.
More than 100 world leaders have signed a historic pact to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, in a deal that has been hailed by some observers as one of the “first major outcomes” from the COP26 Climate Summit.
In his address to world leaders at the event, Johnson is expected to hail the new agreement – which reportedly has been signed by governments responsible for the 85 per cent of the world’s forests – as an “unprecedented” step forward for efforts to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.
The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8pm to 9pm.
It also instructed gaming companies to prevent children playing outside these times.
Earlier this month a state media outlet branded online games “spiritual opium”.
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