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Dec 11, 2017 03:27 PM
ENVIRONMENT

Drive for Clean Air Creates 'Chaos,' Leaves Thousands Shivering

Villagers across northern China have had to improvise to stay warm this winter after being left without heating. Pictured is a villager in Henan province burning corn cobs. Photo: Chen Liang/Caixin
Villagers across northern China have had to improvise to stay warm this winter after being left without heating. Pictured is a villager in Henan province burning corn cobs. Photo: Chen Liang/Caixin

Poor planning and soaring natural gas prices have left thousands in northern China without heat this winter as the authorities rush to meet targets laid out in a four-year clean air campaign.

Photos of primary school students in Hebei province being forced to have lessons outdoors in freezing weather after the school’s coal-fired stoves were dismantled, published by the official People’s Daily, sparked an outcry last week.

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