Air pollution in the People's Republic of China

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall in China
Xinhua, 18 June 2001. The New York Times reports that China has achieved dramatic success in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. The latest findings prove that the US will remain the biggest polluter for some time to come and it is wrong to estimate that China would overtake the United States as the world's leading producer of greenhouse gases by 2020.
Research Casts Doubt on China's Pollution Claims
By John Pomfret, The Washington Post, 15 August 2001. Research by a Japanese scientist, funded by the World Bank, questions whether China is significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the World Bank questions any huge reduction in production of coal, and indeed China plans to revise its output estimates. Other research suggests a serious underreporting of China's consumption of oil.
Beijing to Impose More Strict Standards on Auto Emission
Xinhua, 25 August 2001. Beijing plans to lead the country in imposing Euro III emission standards on motor vehicles in 2008 to strictly control the tail gas pollution. The rapid increase of vehicles brings air and noise pollution. The government plans to put in use 8,000 buses and 40,000 cabs using natural gas and build 168 natural gas stations by 2007.
UN Releases Report on China's Air Pollution Control
CND, 28 November 2001. A UN report said some major cities in China had the highest levels of air pollution in the world and the government needed to take tough measures to reduce industrial and vehicle pollution. Burning cleaner coal and increasing energy efficiency might have contributed to the 30 percent reduction in acid rain precipitation in Guyang. The UN report recommended China use market-oriented solutions based on the rule of law to cut air pollution.