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China's declining coal trade could help climate push

But capitalizing on drop in coal demand would require major action from Beijing

Some say that if China's coal use continues to slow or even falls, its greenhouse gas emissions could peak years earlier than promised, which could make a critical difference planetwide in limiting rising temperatures and sea levels.

Datong, China

ACROSS China's grimy coal heartland, mines have fallen silent, reduced production or shut down. Miners, owners and officials here wonder whether boom times will return for the "black gold" that has fed the nation's craving for cheap but dirty energy.

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