China chokes on a coal-fired boom – Michael Sheridan

From Times Online:

A Great rush is under way across China on a scale not seen anywhere since the 19th century.

Its consequences have been detected half a world away in toxic clouds so big that they can seen from space, drifting across the Pacific to California laden with microscopic particles of chemicals that cause cancer and diseases of the heart and lung.

Nonetheless, the Chinese plan to build no fewer than 500 new coal-fired power stations, adding to some 2,000, most of them unmodernised, that spew smoke, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. [Full Text]

See also a new two-part series called “China’s Coal Future” in MIT’s Technology Review (part one, part two).

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