China Wants to Cut Down on Coal—And That's Bad for Global Warming

A worker moves coal briquettes onto a pedicab at a coal distribution business in Huaibei, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. Photograph by STR/AFP/Getty Images

The current plan to address one of China’s pressing environmental crises—polluted urban air—could have the unintended effect of creating other ecological catastrophes in China and beyond.

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