A Miracle Occurs - China's Coal Use Declines
Only a year or so ago it appeared that the world was doomed to see China’s coal burning head straight up for another decade or two. The world’s largest country had become the world’s largest user of coal and the world’s largest importer. All other efforts to limit carbon emissions seemed doomed to be overshadowed.
Now a near-miracle has occurred. Since last October, figures from Greenpeace’s Energydesk show that coal burning has peaked and now seems to be decelerating at an increasing rate. The main contribution has come from the construction of new hydroelectric dams plus better operation of existing ones. But contributions have also come from wind, solar, nuclear and biomass. A corner may have been turned. It may be possible to get control of world carbon emissions after all.