China Shuts Down 1000 Coal Mines

James West

www.motherjones.com Feb. 23, 2016

The world’s top coal producer, and the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will shut down 1,000 coal mines this year. It’s a move that will simultaneously cool off China’s over-supply of dirty coal and help tackle the country’s air pollution crisis—with even deeper cuts to come.

The news was confirmed on Monday by China’s National Energy Administration, and first reported by Xinhua, the state-run outlet, after detailed plans to slash coal consumption were issued earlier this month by the country’s powerful executive body, the State Council. The move will accelerate China’s well-documented shift away from coal.

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