Amidst intense smog, China still came out with a 10% decrease in air pollution in 2015. The numbers indicate a direct fall in the consumption of coal. However, despite the small improvement, the situation is still pretty grim as the country, which is home to a host of coal power plants, has now taken the top spot for emitting greenhouse gases. The 'red-alert' situation this winter should be a wake-up call for the government to now take drastic measures to curb the sources of air pollutants.
Iron ore futures approached $50 a tonne Monday, the lowest it has been in three months, going down almost 10 percent in just two weeks. Reuters reported that the $50 a tonne price is a sign that losses will continue after Dalian futures slumped lower on Tuesday as Chinese steel producers cut output due to the decline in demand of iron ore.