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Dec 14, 2018 07:23 PM
ENVIRONMENT

Smog Boosted China's Resolve to Cut Carbon Emissions: Expert

A coal power plant in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, produces electricity on Nov. 12. Photo: IC
A coal power plant in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, produces electricity on Nov. 12. Photo: IC

China’s efforts to reduce climate change-causing carbon emissions have been aided by its more immediate air pollution woes, the director of several major Chinese energy organizations says.

The nation’s notorious smog problem has helped make the case for an energy transformation from coal to natural gas and renewables, Li Junfeng, who heads China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, as well as the Renewable Energy Research Professional Committee of the China Energy Research Council, told Caixin on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Krakow, Poland this week.

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