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China draws up new ‘special’ emission curbs on industries

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – China will impose “special emissions restrictions” on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March. To meet politically crucial air quality targets last year, China forced 28 cities in northern…

Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests. Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world. The effect was most pronounced during the winter. The study…

China’s carbon market needs ambition

To pressure polluters, the new trading system must avoid being too generous with permits, writes Huw Slater The National Development and Reform Commission held an important teleconference on December 19 with provincial governments in which it shared the framework of the national emissions trading system (ETS). (For some background on what China’s carbon market is and…