Why China Wants to Lead on Climate, but Clings to Coal (for Now)

Emissions are rising in China. Still, it’s on track to meet the commitments it made under the Paris climate accord.

UNITED NATIONS — Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.Barely a month ago, in a landmark speech to the Communist Party congress, President Xi Jinping of China promised that his country would take a “driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change.”But can China really be in the “driving seat” when it is burning so much coal that its carbon emissions are forecast to rise this year?It may depend ...