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This Fossil Fuel Pollutant Plunged During China’s Virus Slowdown

Feb. 14, 2020, 10:21 AM

A major pollutant related to China’s fossil fuel use plunged after the government extended work closures following the Lunar New Year.

China’s nitrogen dioxide emissions fell 36% in the week after the holiday from the same period a year earlier, according to an analysis from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, which cited satellite data. A slowdown of 25%-50% across industrial sectors such as oil refining, coal-fired power generation and steel production contributed to the drop, according to the independent research organization.

“The data shows a dramatic decrease in fossil fuel consumption over the period that...

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