China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change

By Peter Lehner

In preparation for hosting the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Beijing's municipal government has announced a six-day public holiday for central and city government. It will order drivers to use their vehicles only on alternate days. In neighboring Hebei province, more than 800 factories and 900 construction sites will halt work for nearly two weeks, in an attempt to keep the skies clear over Beijing during the meeting.

Much of the air pollution in China comes from burning coal, for heat, in power plants and in factories -- hence the shutdowns.


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