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Chinese emissions dropped in first half of 2015, government claims

World's largest polluter says emissions of heavily polluting gases fell, as imports of coal shrank in August

A factory emits air pollution
China has committed to reducing its emissions by 60-65 per cent per unit of GDP from 2006 levels • Photograph: Onnola

China, the world’s biggest polluter and buyer of coal, saw a fall in its emissions in the first half of this year, while imports of coal slid by nearly 18 per cent last month, new figures show.

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