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How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

September 3, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Shipping Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.[read more]

China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces

September 2, 2015 by Jenny Tang

China Air Quality

In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?[read more]

A "Great Reversal" in China? Coal Continues to Decline with Enforcement of Environmental Laws

August 31, 2015 by Hao Tan

China Coal Reversal

Two stories dominate China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. The other side of this story is the determination to enforce pollution regulation.[read more]

How Chinese Industry Can Cap Coal Consumption and Transition to Cleaner Production

August 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Coal Consumption

With the release of the Clean Power Plan, the United States has established a game-changing regulation that will reduce carbon pollution. China, meanwhile, has a chance to make just as important a contribution to addressing climate change by capping its coal consumption in key industries.[read more]

Putting the IMF Externalized Cost Report in Perspective

July 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

IMF Report and Externalized Costs

The IMF recently released a working paper in which very high external costs of fossil fuels are reported. While it is unquestionable that fossil fuel combustion has large externalized costs, the magnitude of these costs may well be substantially over-estimated in this report.[read more]

China Will Soon Surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in Nuclear Generating Capacity

July 23, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Nuclear Growth

Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China's total power generation. However, China has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil fuel sources, including nuclear, hydroelectricity and other renewable sources.[read more]


Using China's Lack of Progress on Greenhouse Gas Reduction to Spur U.S. Climate Action

July 21, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash

China and U.S. Climate Action

China is not on track to meet its international climate obligations—not by a long shot. Some use this sobering statistic as a reason not to limit our own emissions. Here's how we can flip this argument and turn China's lack of environmental progress into a motivating force for bold U.S. climate action.[read more]

China, Greece, and the NYSE: Black Swans or Red Flags??

July 13, 2015 by Jim Patrick

John Mauldin recently gave some background on the China crisis. He credited the current problems in Chinese markets to a shift away from the previous top-down command economy to an organic market. "Inevitably, this transition is causing pain for people accustomed to the old ways," he said.[read more]

China's Provinces Learn How to Reduce Emissions with Trading

July 10, 2015 by Michael Tubman

As many U.S. states and localities start to think about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan, it’s eye-opening to see how Chinese provinces are taking many of the same first steps on a provincial level.[read more]

Sustainability Policy Is Taking Hold in China

July 7, 2015 by Steven Cohen

China Sustainability Policy

Whenever I try to analyze China's sustainability policies I am mindful of the fact that I am far from an expert on China's history, culture, economy or politics. Nevertheless, even a casual observer can see the intense drive to bring sustainability factors into the massive national mission to grow China's economy.[read more]

China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

July 6, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

China and Future Planning

China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement. These details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last November, but China has now added a carbon intensity reduction target to its 2030 goals.[read more]

NASA Satellite Images Show the Rapid Expansion of Utility-Scale Solar in China

July 3, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

China Solar Expansion

China is a very difficult solar market to track from the outside. There's no doubt that the Chinese PV market is growing at unprecedented speed. But determining its overall health is more of an art than a science. So perhaps the scientists can help.[read more]

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

July 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Climate Action

China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When you compare China's growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare?[read more]

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

June 29, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Rare earths are elements of low abundance, compared to the ores of metals like iron and copper. Five years ago it appeared that China had cornered the market on rare earths and was exercising its market power to, among other aims, lure businesses reliant on these minerals to shift their operations to China.[read more]

Argentina and China Lead Shale Development Outside North America in First Half of 2015

June 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Development

As recently as last year, only four countries in the world were producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil): the United States and Canada, and more recently, Argentina and China.[read more]