Premier Wen urges greater green efforts

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told a meeting of the State Council that China will find it hard to achieve its energy consumption and pollution reduction targets, considering the current situation, reported Reuters on Wednesday.

Wen urged local governments to save energy and shut down polluting plants in order to meet targets. He also stated that China would "proactively participate" in global talks on climate change.

Beijing is under rising international pressure to accept mandatory caps on carbon dioxide emissions from its factories and vehicles. China has refused to comply, but the government has shown greater efforts in addressing energy and environment issues.

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