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Air Pollution Concerns Halt Enormous Coal Plant In China

August 15, 2013 by Justin Guay

News recently broke that Chinese authorities scrapped a huge proposed coal plant over environment and air pollution concerns. It's true. The world's largest coal consumer, home to a potential coal bubble, just shelved an enormous coal project over pollution concerns.[read more]


Why Drivers Should Care About Sulfur Pollution

June 20, 2013 by Carol Lee Rawn

Most Americans pulling into gas stations are focused on the pump price, not the fuel's content. However, sulfur content and its impact on vehicle emissions and public health is worth their consideration.[read more]

Media Coverage of Pollution in China and the U.S.

June 8, 2013 by Sieren Ernst

Neither the deadly smog nor environmental protests are new in Beijing. The attention these issues are getting both from the international press and the Chinese middle class is new, however.[read more]

Grossly Incomplete: Redefining GDP for Climate Change

May 20, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

It isn’t about “Green GDP” or “green accounting.” It’s honest accounting. Every ton of coal, every barrel of oil causes more in external damages than it adds value to GDP. Properly measured GDP ought to reflect that fact.[read more]

A Mother’s Day Climate Change Message from the Moms Clean Air Force

May 12, 2013 by Joseph Romm

the gift of clean air

In honor of Mother’s Day, remember our daughters and sons will soon be running this country; we can show them, by working right alongside them, that being a responsible parent means being an engaged citizen.[read more]

Benefits of Clean Air and Water Dwarf Costs 10 to 1

May 9, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

OMB’s annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years shows the Environmental Protection Agency comes out on top.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Will Help India Save Money and Breathe Easier

April 27, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

energy efficiency in India

Increasingly Indian cities and businesses are turning to one of the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest ways to address blackouts and power demand: energy efficiency.[read more]

Air Pollution in China: The Kids Aren't Alright

April 6, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

air pollution's victims?

Thanks to a new analysis by the Health Effects Institute, we understand that nearly 40 percent of the world’s premature deaths attributable to air pollution (1.2 million people) occurred in China.[read more]

Air Pollution Spurs Chinese Auto Industry Emissions Reform

April 3, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Chinese authorities from five separate government bodies are set to mandate new fuel economy standards on all vehicles in the next few years. The policy establishes two benchmarks for emissions.[read more]

Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China

April 1, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

environmental transparency in China

City, provincial and central government officials, business leaders and NGO representatives met in Beijing to discuss efforts to promote environmental transparency and public disclosure of pollution data.[read more]

Advocate Could Become China's Minister of Environmental Protection

March 7, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

China's new environment minister


Appointing Pan Yue as the new Minister of Environmental Protection would send a strong signal domestically and abroad that China is serious about addressing its environmental crises.[read more]

Air Pollution Crisis: New Momentum for Regulation in China

February 24, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

The recent spate of severe air pollution in China has shone a spotlight on the need for strong environmental regulation in China and prompted the government to move forward with a number of new environmental policies and laws.[read more]


China's Rise: Environment & Climate Change

January 29, 2013 by Jessica Obeid

The cost of environmental degradation cost to the Chinese economy is pretty heavy, and there’s reason to assume that the cost on health, corrective measures and investments in clean energy will only increase.[read more]

Air Pollution: The Price of Coal in China

January 21, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Last Saturday an air pollution monitor atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing rated the pollution index at a shocking 755--on a scale of 0 to 500. (The EPA categorizes pollution levels over 300 as "hazardous.") A Time reporter wrote that the view from her 16th floor Beijing apartment was "akin to a sandstorm in Afghanistan." Even China's...[read more]

Air Pollution in China Should be a Catalyst for Air Pollution Action

January 17, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

While many Beijing residents have long voiced concern and discontent over air pollution levels, it took possibly the worst air pollution in recent history to get the government to acknowledge the problem. On Saturday, January 12, air pollution levels in Beijing broke records: PM 2.5 – the fine particles that gets lodged in the lungs — spiked to 886 while the Air Quality Index (AQI) climbed to 755.[read more]