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A man uses his smartphone flashlight in a restaurant during a blackout in Shenyang, China. A man uses his smartphone flashlight to eat his breakfast at a restaurant during a blackout in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, Sept. 29, 2021 (AP photo by Olivia Zhang).

China’s Power Outages Could Have Global Implications

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021

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Households and factories across 20 provinces in China are reeling from the worst power crunch in a decade. In Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning province and one of the most severely affected areas, schools have turned off the lights and sent children outside to play sports. Factories in manufacturing hubs, including in locations where suppliers of Apple and Tesla are based, scrambled to assemble power generators and scaled back production amid electricity rationing. In the neighboring city of Liaoyang, 23 metal workers were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning, after a power outage worsened the factory’s ventilation. ...

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