The end of China's coal boom

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Publication - 2014-04-11
China’s coal control measures, driven by severe air pollution across the country, could help the world avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a new analysis.

China’s coal control measures, driven by severe air pollution across the country, could help the world avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a new analysis.

The UN IPCC’s third working group, meeting in Berlin this week, is expected to conclude that global greenhouse gas emissions grew in the first decade of this century far faster than is consistent with avoiding catastrophic climate change - driven largely by demand for coal from the world’s emerging economies, especially China.

But over the past two years severe air pollution across China has led to many policy changes designed to cap or reduce coal use - suggesting the country’s coal boom is over.  If implemented in full, the measures announced to date could put China’s emissions almost in line with a 2 degrees trajectory in 2020. And more action is still expected.

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(Unregistered) Damian says:

From what I understand, China plans to reduce air pollution by building 16 coal to gas plants on the Tibetan Plateau.

The size of one of ...

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(Unregistered) Damian says:

From what I understand, China plans to reduce air pollution by building 16 coal to gas plants on the Tibetan Plateau.

The size of one of them is the size of LA city. They are huge. Coal to gas emitts 82% more greenhouse gasses than just burning coal straight.

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