Project Executive Director Chris NIELSEN is quoted in the New York Times questioning the permanence of any short-term peak of coal use in China, and emphasizing the dependence of China's carbon trajectory on the course of its slowing economy and policy responses.
In VICE News Nielsen notes hopeful trends but also risks of difficulties in China's air quality strategies. Solving air quality challenges has more scientific uncertainties and challenges than many realize, and success will come incrementally by disentangling the science, reducing economic costs, and gaining policy experience. The economic slowdown, if it deepens, also poses risk. If China reverts to infrastructure investment as a major growth driver, improvements in air pollution and carbon control could be undermined.