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China’s Carbon Count Is Grossly Overestimated

International agencies could be overestimating greenhouse gas emissions from China by more than 14%, according to a team of international scientists. Researchers said global organizations were basing their calculations on "inaccurate assumptions" about China's coal burning. Findings of the study were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

China's locally produced coal emits less carbon

It doesn't mean that the total level of carbon dioxide in the country's atmosphere is any lower than previously estimated. The accumulation of greenhouse gases is measured independently. What's more, scientists found that the official Chinese figures underestimated the country's total energy consumption by close to 10% between 2002 and...