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Data shows China's emissions from coal greatly underestimated

New govt stats show coal consumption has been underreported since 2000 due to gaps in data collection

The new data indicated that much of the change came from heavy industry - including plants that produce coal chemicals and cement, as well as those using coking coal, which goes to make steel, said Ayaka Jones, a China analyst at the US Energy Information Administration.


CHINA, the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, is burning far more annually than previously thought, according to new government data. The finding could complicate the already difficult efforts to limit global warming.

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