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China update

Published by MAC on 2007-07-25

China update

25th July 2007

According to a Chinese researcher, the regime has severely underestimated the nation's future energy needs ; under current strategy, dependence on coal is bound to increase.

The world's two top coal-burning states (US and China) are now competing with each other to lead in provision of wind power. However, the total energy globally produced from this source last year was only sufficient to offset carbon emissions from some 23 US coal-fired plants.

Yet another coal mine disaster has claimed the lives of workers in the northeast province of Liaoning - another grim reminder that the state's dependence on coal wreaks unacceptable damage to human lives, as well as contributing to global warming.

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