Researchers say climate change may be worsening China’s air pollution

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For years, China has focused on internal solutions to dealing with smog — shuttering coal power plants, for example. But there may be more at play.

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences said sea ice and snowfall changes have shifted China’s winter winds. That shift helps create stagnant conditions, which trap pollution over the country’s major population and industrial centers.

CGTN’s Sean Callebs spoke with lead researcher Yuhang Wang.

Researchers say climate change may be worsening China's air pollution

Researchers say climate change may be worsening China's air pollution

For years, China has focused on internal solutions to dealing with smog — shuttering coal power plants, for example. But there may be more at play. Researchers at Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences said sea ice and snowfall changes have shifted China’s winter winds. That shift helps create stagnant conditions, which trap pollution over the country’s major population and industrial centers. CGTN’s Sean Callebs spoke with lead researcher Yuhang Wang.
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