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No more black faces as China's northern cities ditch coal for gas

Yao Guanghui (right) explaining to his neighbour how his new gas meter works, in Xiaozhangwan village on the outskirts of Beijing. Beijing Gas, which is overseeing the plan in the Chinese capital, has connected 300,000 residents so far.

Xiaozhangwan, China

AS FREEZING winds whip across northern China this winter, Yao Guanghui is happy he'll have one less household errand: feeding the coal furnace that has long heated his small house on the outskirts of Beijing.

Traipsing outside on freezing nights to haul coal for...

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