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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6339–6356, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-6339-2020

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6339–6356, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-6339-2020
Research article
05 Jun 2020
Research article | 05 Jun 2020

Rapid reduction in black carbon emissions from China: evidence from 2009–2019 observations on Fukue Island, Japan

Yugo Kanaya et al.

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Fundamental disagreements among bottom-up emission inventories exist about the sign of the black carbon emissions trend from China over the past decade. Our decadal observations on Fukue Island clearly indicate its rapid reduction, after correcting for interannual meteorological variability, which supports inventories reflecting governmental clean air actions after 2010. The reduction pace surpasses those of SSP1 scenarios for 2015–2030, suggesting highly successful emission control policies.
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