China introduced new anti-pollution measures Thursday, pledging that coal use will be cut and polluting mills, factories and smelters will be closed amid the campaign, Reuters reported. The government published the plan on its official website promising to boost the use of nuclear power and natural gas use to cut down on coal burning. Environmentalists welcomed the plan but were skeptical about its effective implementation. China has been under heavy pressure to address the causes of air pollution after thick, hazardous smog engulfed much of the industrial north, including the capital, Beijing, in January.
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