الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

'Coal error' skewed China CO2 data

Coal-fired power station in Shixi , Sichuan province, China (March 2015)

Coal fired power plants are the biggest source of carbon emissions in China

Confusion over the types of coal being burned in Chinese power stations has caused a significant overestimation of the country’s carbon emissions.

Researchers, published in the journal Nature, say existing CO2 calculations had used a globally averaged formula.

But when scientists tested the types of coal actually being burned in China, they found they produced 40% less carbon than had been assumed.

The study says the error amounted to 10% of global emissions in 2013.

China’s drive for economic growth over the past 15 years has seen the rapid expansion of coal burning for the production of energy.

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