COAL EMISSIONS

Clearing the air in China

Coal power generation in China is among the major causes of the country’s heavily polluted air. Researchers now use comprehensive emissions monitoring data to show that many plants report compliance with new ultra-low emissions standards earlier than required, substantially reducing the pollution they emit.

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Fig. 1: Daily distributions of stack concentrations at Chinese power plant stacks 2014–2017.

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Karplus, V.J. Clearing the air in China. Nat Energy 4, 904–905 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-019-0477-0

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