Haunting Photos Show Source of Illegal Carbon Emissions in China
A coal-fired steel plant in Inner Mongolia has continued operations despite the central government's efforts to reduce the industry, sources say.
A Chinese steel plant in Inner Mongolia comes alive with fire and grit in new pictures by photojournalist Kevin Frayer, who reports that the plant is allegedly operating without authorization from China's central government.
Over the past few years, China has tried to retool its economy to reduce choking pollution and better position itself for the future, says Paul Joffe, who studies China's energy and environmental efforts at the World Resources Institute and who co-runs the website ChinaFAQs.org.
"The International Energy Agency says coal consumption likely peaked in China in 2013 and has since been dropping," says Joffe. "That’s pretty important."
Yet China has seen "a combination of challenges and progress," he says. The central government's latest plans call