China Burns Much More Coal Than Thought, Complicates COP21

New York Times

BEIJING — China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, has been burning up to 17 percent more coal a year than the government previously disclosed, according to newly released data. The finding could complicate the already difficult efforts to limit global warming.

Even for a country of China’s size, the scale of the correction is immense. The sharp upward revision in official figures means that China has released much more carbon dioxide — almost a billion more tons a year according to initial calculations — than previously estimated.

The increase alone is greater than the whole German economy emits annually from fossil fuels.

Officials from around the world will have to come to grips with the new figures when they gather in Paris this month to negotiate an international framework for curtailing greenhouse-gas pollution. The data also pose a challenge for scientists who are trying to reduce China’s smog, which often bathes whole regions in acrid, unhealthy haze.

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  • nhn

    coal should be aggressively phased out. 5 years max

    • Faggot Lips

      So what about the underground coal fire that’s been burning under Centralia for 40+ years who is going to phase that out?

      • nhn

        God or nature I suppose.

        • Faggot Lips

          You’re mumma!!!

        • Faggot Lips

          Probably some faggot lit it!!!

        • Faggot Lips

          I’ll just piss on it!!!

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