At the end of a cold and stormy winter, the country has just 12 days of coal reserves at most power stations. Some provinces, including Hebei, bordering Beijing, have less than a week’s coal left. This is a record low, the state electricity regulatory commission revealed on Tuesday. China relies on burning coal for 70% of its electricity.
(Obviously, it won’t come down to China going dark in 12 days. Remember, these posts are tagged as "research material," not "news.")