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Opinion

Climate change blame game turns against Asia

Prospect of global agreement on carbon seems vanishingly small

| East Asia
Smoke rises from a coal processing plant in Hejin in November 2019: China alone now accounts for close to 30% of emissions,   © AP

Nick Butler is a visiting professor at King's College London and a former senior executive at energy company BP.

Despite the strongly worded and unequivocal report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body that operates under the auspices of the United Nations, published at the beginning of August, the prospect of global agreement on action to limit global warming seems further away than ever.

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