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In Quest to Save Energy, China Ignores Simple Answer

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Science  04 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5983, pp. 1216-1217
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5983.1216-b

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At the Strategic and Economic Dialogue here last week, China and the United States found common cause on the need to team up on clean energy research. But one low-tech measure would allow China to make huge strides on its own in energy savings and pollution reduction: All it must do is wash its coal before burning it, experts say. But it doesn't, and this bodes ill for China's frantic efforts to meet a looming energy-efficiency target.