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Black Smoke in China and Its Climate Effects


  • David G. Streets

    (Decision and Information Sciences Division, DIS/900 Argonne National Laboratory 9700 South Cass Avenue Argonne, IL 60439 USA)


The emission of fine carbonaceous particles in China is a serious threat to human health, ecological systems, and regional and global climate regimes. China is thought to release about 20 percent of the global black carbon through the combustion of coal and biofuels without adequate particle controls. The household and industrial sectors are mainly responsible, but the country's growing transportation sector is a concern for the future. The economic cost of damage from black carbon likely exceeds the cost of controlling emissions by several fold, but as yet such costs have not been quantified. Copyright (c) 2006 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • David G. Streets, 2005. "Black Smoke in China and Its Climate Effects," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 4(2), pages 1-23, Spring/Su.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:4:y:2005:i:2:p:1-23

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    1. John Knight, 2015. "The Principal-Agent Problem, Economic Growth, Subjective Wellbeing and Social Instability: China’s Effective but Flawed Governance," Economics Series Working Papers 758, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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