Coal consumption declines in China: carbon emissions go down

Pollution is a world-wide problem, as particle-filled air crosses the Pacific, from China, to other countries. Yet none feel the detrimental health effects like the thousand-million odd people who live in the thick of it.

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The good news is, one of the largest polluters, the coal industry, is lifting it’s game. Coal consumption in China fell by 2% and coal imports declined by 11% in 2014.

The Institute for Energy Economics predicts Chinese coal usage will continue on a downturn, thus also lessening global carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, China continues to develop solar, wind, biomass and natural gas energy sources. China spent $90 billion  on renewable energy in 2014 – almost double that spent by the USA ( $52 billion) on renewables. Wind farms are encouraged in China via concessions for up to 25 years – a Harvard University team estimated China could be self-sufficient in electricity, entirely from accessing wind technology, by 2030.

One day, I’ll only see blue on the horizon!

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Sources:

http://www.ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/IEEFA-BRIEFING-NOTE-Global-Energy-Markets-in-Transition.pdf

http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/5029360/McElroy_Wind_China.pdf?sequence=2

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-reducing-carbon-emissions-by-mark-l–clifford-2015-04

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/environmental-issues/china-us-co2-agreement-05345643/ (photo credit)