Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua

China’s plan to reduce use of coal for heating in northern homes still facing problems, report says

  • High cost and lack of supply of alternatives like natural gas and electricity hampering Beijing’s ambitions, study suggests
  • And concerns are growing that once subsidies end, poor households will return to burning coal
Topic |   Beijing air pollution

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Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua
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Beijing was one of only four Chinese cities to meet its emissions target last winter. Photo: Simon Song

China’s new winter smog targets too low to reverse last year’s surge, its data shows

  • Fifteen out of 28 cities could record higher pollution than in 2017
  • Slowing economic growth may be undermining Beijing’s resolve to tackle emissions
Topic |   China Society

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Beijing was one of only four Chinese cities to meet its emissions target last winter. Photo: Simon Song
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