China Can Rise to the Challenge on Climate Change and Air Pollution

This post was co-written with Princeton-in-Asia Fellow Judy Li. Next week in New York, national leaders from around the world will gather for a Climate Summit to announce their countries’ actions and contributions for strengthening global efforts to tackle climate … Continue reading

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Why Phasing Down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is Good for China and the Global Environment

At their recent summit in California, President Xi and President Obama agreed to work together and with other nations to address climate change by phasing down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of “super greenhouse gases” used … Continue reading

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A Five-Part Strategy to Cap and Cut China’s Coal Consumption

It is hard to miss the staggering statistics when it comes to coal in China, which now consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Unrestricted growth in coal consumption in the last decade has led … Continue reading

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Peering through the Haze: Addressing the Root Causes of Air Pollution in China

Today, for the first time in several days, we’re able to see a blue-ish sky outside. As international and Chinese media have widely reported over the last few days, a wide swath of central and eastern China experienced several days … Continue reading

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China Moves to Strengthen Nuclear Safety Standards and Moderate the Pace of its Nuclear Power Development

This post was co-written with my colleagues Jingjing Li, Jason Portner and Christine Xu. In China and other developing countries, increasing electricity demand and concern about pollution from coal-fired power and its impact on climate change have led policymakers to … Continue reading

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Design Tips for a Carbon Market

Alvin Lin, China Climate and Energy Policy Director, Project Attorney Yang Fuqiang, Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy China is planning emission-trading trials in key spots including Beijing and Shanghai. Alvin Lin and Yang Fuqiang have some words of advice. … Continue reading

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Durban Climate Talks and Bridging the Trust Gap

After a marathon session into early Sunday, the climate talks in Durban concluded this weekend with consensus on extending the only existing legally-binding treaty as well as an agreement to negotiate a new treaty to combat climate change that would … Continue reading

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China kicks off legislative research project for the drafting of its national climate change law

On July 12, Chinese government representatives and climate change experts convened the opening meeting of the China climate change legislation research project, intended to examine both international experiences with climate change legislation and relevant domestic laws in an effort to … Continue reading

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After two weeks of negotiations, countries – and the process – emerge from Cancun with progress, transparency and a path forward on addressing climate change

At about 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, after two weeks of negotiations with often quite divergent views, the parties at the Cancun climate conference emerged from the process with important agreements on how to move forward together to address climate change.  … Continue reading

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In Cancun, Reason for Optimism: Making progress on improving the international system for tracking global efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions

Chinese climate negotiator Su Wei (center) at China’s December 1st side event on China’s climate actions.  As the third day of the two-week climate negotiations in Cancun draws to a close, we are seeing reasons for optimism that there will … Continue reading

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