Chinese proclamations on coal consumption and the corresponding decline in carbon emissions may be off the mark, a journal study found. A recent report from the Brookings Institution stated coal use in China may have peaked and is starting to slow down as the country shifts from an economic strategy of quantitative growth to one geared to quality. Coal consumption, the report said, declined last year after dropping 2.4 percent in 2014, part of what researchers at Brookings said was a long-term trend. Researchers from Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo, or CICERO , whose article was published in the journal Nature Communications , found Chinese energy data are often plagued by “large […]