Tackling Pollution in China’s 13th Five Year Plan: Emphasis on Enforcement

Source: Beijing air (egorgrebnev, 2014). Air pollution continues to plague vast regions of China, but the country is making visible progress. In a press conference in Beijing this morning, Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining reported that average ambient levels of … Continue reading

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Big plans for integrating renewable energy into China’s electricity grid

Source: UNIDO, 2014-DG visits UNIDO Solar Energy Center in Lanzhou, China (UNIDO, 2014). The world’s biggest investor in renewable energy. The largest installed capacity of wind and solar power of any country. The fastest installation rate of new renewable energy … Continue reading

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China’s Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

[Backyard in Datong with coal/Peter Van den Bossche] Good news! China’s coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project … Continue reading

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Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

As China celebrated National Day Golden Week, NRDC also celebrated a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of … Continue reading

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China, Climate and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

During Tuesday’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, leaders from 125 nations, along with representatives from businesses, civil society and other institutions, convened and pledged to continue their efforts in fighting global climate change. Like many countries, China stopped … Continue reading

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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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