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China's response to the air pollution shock

Faced with serious air pollution, China is aggressively reshaping its energy system, building on recent progress with renewables and on available supplies of gas. This should help contain global warming and provide new impetus to climate change negotiations.

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Figure 1: CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel use and cement production for selected countries and regions.
Figure 2: China's actual and projected energy consumption by fuel type during the period 1980–2020.
Figure 3: Natural gas infrastructure in China.
Figure 4: Lifecycle PM2.5 emissions and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for selected fuel sources used in power generation.


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The authors gratefully acknowledge support for the underlying research from the Australia China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund and from the Australian Government under the programme 'Shaping an International Solution to Climate Change'. We are deeply grateful to Jiang Kejun for invaluable advice and to Margarita Kumnick for excellent support. None of these parties are responsible for the views expressed.

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Sheehan, P., Cheng, E., English, A. et al. China's response to the air pollution shock. Nature Clim Change 4, 306–309 (2014).

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