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China unveils climate targets ahead of climate summit

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China has unveiled its first firm target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions, two weeks before a global summit on climate change in Copenhagen.

Beijing said it would aim to reduce its "carbon intensity" by 40-45% by the year 2020, compared with 2005 levels.

But as the BBC's David Shukman explains; it does not mean China's overall levels of carbon dioxide will start falling.

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