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Who's driving climate change? New data catalogs 72,000 polluters and counting

By Raymond Zhong

09 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

It's increasingly hard for companies to hide from their climate responsibilities. The New York Times reports on a nonprofit that can detect emission levels down to individual ships or power plants.

Upstream from Shanghai along the Yangtze River, a sprawling factory complex in eastern China is churning out tens of millions of tons of steel a year — and immense quantities of planet-warming gases.

The plant’s owner has not disclosed how much the site emits. Now, though, researchers say that by peering down from space, they have found that the factory’s emissions are likely higher than those of any other steel plant on Earth.

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