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     Aug 27, '14


China coal projects spark climate fears
By Michael Lelyveld

China is moving to slow the growth of projects that convert coal into natural gas as international criticism mounts over the environmental effects.

On July 21, the National Energy Administration (NEA) directed local authorities to "curb blind investment" in coal conversion



projects, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Some regions "have been enthusiastic about building new plants" for coal-to-oil and coal-to-gas operations, "regardless of realities in environment, water resources, as well as technological and economic capabilities," the NEA said.

The agency said it would ban smaller projects and require regulatory approval by the State Council, or cabinet, for larger ones, according to Xinhua.

The government statement came days before the international environmental group Greenpeace publicized research findings by its China affiliate, highlighting the climate change consequences of some 50 planned coal-to-gas projects that have already been announced. More ...

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