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How well has China's ultra low-emissions policy worked?

9 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

In 2014, China introduced an ambitious policy to rapidly reduce air pollution from coal-fired power stations. How well did that work?
A paper published in Nature Energy last week analyzed data from pollution monitoring systems and found dramatic changes. According to the monitoring data, China's emissions of some common air pollutants dropped by 65% to 72% in just three years.
China shoots for clean skies
Air pollution is a global health crisis , and China's pollution problem is particularly severe: in 2017 alone, nearly a million deaths were attributed to pollution.
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