Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Scientists say 2014 was a turning point for climate change. And it’s all thanks to China

Across China, around 2,600 coal-fired power stations keep the world’s second-largest economy running. They also churn out billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases. This infographic – an interactive version of which can be found here – shows every coal-fired power station currently operating, or under construction, in China.

But China’s relationship with coal appears to be changing. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, global consumption of coal peaked in 2013 and China’s reduced use was a big driver in the worldwide fall ....