China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks
world-exchanges.org| Published October 30 2015
nytimes.com| Published September 30, 2015
by Jeremy Runnalls
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… read more>