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Climate Talks Still at Impasse, China Buffs Its Green Reputation

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Science  15 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6002, pp. 305
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6002.305

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Delegates to a United Nations meeting in Tianjin, China, last week made scant headway on a global strategy for reining in greenhouse gas emissions. But amid the pessimism and recriminations, one nation won praise from observers for its efforts to boost energy efficiency and invest in green technologies: the host, China. A key prong of China's strategy is renewable energy; another element is to overhaul the electrical grid. All China's initiatives are undergirded by massive investments in clean energy technology, from advanced solar cells to electric vehicles.