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Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 1775–1789, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-1775-2017
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: East Asia emissions assessment (EA2)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 1775–1789, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-1775-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Research article 06 Feb 2017

Research article | 06 Feb 2017

Cleaning up the air: effectiveness of air quality policy for SO2 and NOx emissions in China

Ronald J. van der A et al.

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AR by Ronald van der A on behalf of the Authors (15 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Sep 2016) by Gregory Frost
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (24 Sep 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Oct 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Oct 2016) by Gregory Frost
AR by Ronald van der A on behalf of the Authors (02 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Dec 2016) by Gregory Frost
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (07 Dec 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (23 Dec 2016)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (29 Dec 2016) by Gregory Frost
AR by Ronald van der A on behalf of the Authors (06 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Jan 2017) by Gregory Frost
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The SO2 concentrations and NOx emissions over China derived from satellite observations are compared with the national fossil fuel consumption and air quality regulations. It is shown that not only NO2 concentrations but also NOx emissions in all Chinese provinces decreased in the last 2 years. We conclude that without the air quality regulations the SO2 concentrations would be about 2.5 times higher and the NO2 concentrations would be at least 25 % higher than they are today in China.
The SO2 concentrations and NOx emissions over China derived from satellite observations are...
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