Cleaning China’s Smoggy Skies: China Released Draft Air Pollution Law Amendments for Public Comment

Though a burst of clear skies on Monday allowed Beijingers to marvel at a magnificent Mid-Autumn Festival moon, a blanket of smog choked the capital the next morning, reminding citizens of China’s grave air pollution woes. However, that same Tuesday, … Continue reading

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New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China’s Environmental Protection Law Amendments

On Thursday, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, approved major amendments to the country’s Environmental Protection Law (EPL), the first since the law was enacted 25 years ago. These amendments are a game changer. … Continue reading

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U.S. and China Agree on Concrete Action Steps Under the Joint Climate Change Working Group

In his recent trip to China, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with government leaders in Beijing and came away with concrete steps that the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters can take together to address climate change. Both … Continue reading

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What is China’s Reaction to the New IPCC Climate Change Report?

The reaction of China’s official media to the new IPCC climate change report  is unequivocal:   “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has … Continue reading

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China Pledges to Tackle Air Pollution with New Plan

As China prepares to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional time for viewing the harvest moon, the government has announced a new plan that may make it easier to see the moon through the smog. On Thursday, the State Council, … Continue reading

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How Do You Get To Be The Most Energy Efficient Economy of the World?

How do you get to be the most energy efficient economy in the world? That’s the subject of the new ACEEE International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool, an analytic tool that helps users develop a high-level snapshot of the overall energy efficiency … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities: Energy Efficient Buildings in New York and Hong Kong

The Skyscraper Museum got it right.  Its 2009 exhibit, “Vertical Cities: Hong Kong and New York,” called these two cities – one my current home, one my hometown – the world’s “most similar skyscraper societies.”   Top: The view from the … Continue reading

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Pedal to the Metal: Three Recommendations for The New U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group

The new Joint-U.S. China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to China on April 13th, is extraordinarily symbolic because it recognizes that forceful cooperation and intensified action by the United States and China – … Continue reading

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How the U.S. and China are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change

The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to China last week, is a remarkable document.  Using the strongest possible diplomatic language, the statement clearly displays a new sense of urgency about … Continue reading

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8 Ways that California and China Can Work Together to Reduce Pollution and Protect the Climate

I was delighted to see that California Governor Jerry Brown has made climate change and environmental protection a key focus of his visit to China this week. In addition to discussing with China’s Premier Li Keqiang the importance of collaboration … Continue reading

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