China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks


The Haizhou coal mine in Fuxin, in northeastern China, was shut down at the end of 2014. Chinese leaders want the country’s emissions to stop growing by 2030. Credit Xiao Lu Chu/Getty Images

The New York Times recently reported on China’s coal industry saying that China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal a year than the government previously disclosed, according to newly released data.

“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.”

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