From: Yale Environment 360
Published November 10, 2017 10:48 AM

China Experiences Sharp Drop in Coal-Related Emissions, Study Says

Emissions of sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant produced primarily by burning coal, have fallen by 75 percent in China since 2007, while SO2 emissions in India have jumped 50 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland.

 China and India are the world’s two biggest coal-burning nations, but the University of Maryland study showed that a host of measures implemented by China over the past decade — including improved pollution control technologies and levying fines on polluters — have sharply cut sulfur dioxide emissions. These reductions were achieved even as coal usage increased 50 percent in China and electricity generation grew 100 percent.

India, by contrast, has seen sulfur dioxide emissions soar as the country has built new coal-fired power plants but has not imposed significant pollution controls. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says India may already have become the world’s largest emitter of sulfur dioxide.

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