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Blue skies return to China as coronavirus cuts coal consumption

February air pollution readings drop to 6-year low in many cities

View of Shanghai, Feb. 22. (Photo by Yusho Cho)

SHANGHAI -- The slow recovery of Chinese industrial activity from the coronavirus outbreak has prolonged a seasonal drop in coal usage by power companies, contributing to an unexpected return of blue skies in such polluted cities as Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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