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Growth in Asian emissions will make cuts elsewhere irrelevant

A climate-based trade war is now likely if not probable

| East Asia
Smoke rises from a coal-powered steel plant at Hehal village, India, on Sept. 26: in Asia, emissions are set to keep rising until at least 2030.   © AP

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

The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, in Glasgow, which ended on Saturday, was chaotic, creative and in many ways upbeat.

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