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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]

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Coal Cap

China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study released by the China Coal Cap Project.[read more]

A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

April 14, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear and Clean Energy Needs

China’s commitment to nuclear power is strong and unwavering. An important reason for this rapid expansion is the need for clean air. Pollution in China is a real and everyday problem for its large population. The Chinese see nuclear power as path to ultimately reducing their need to burn coal.[read more]

The Fog of Protest: The Promotion and Censoring of "Under the Dome"

March 11, 2015 by Sieren Ernst

Less than a week after People’s Daily Online released the air pollution doc, 'Under the Dome,' the government took steps to curtail the buzz. The Central Propaganda Department instructed media outlets to “discontinue coverage of the documentary.” By Friday, it was taken down from all Chinese websites.[read more]

A Coal Cap in China's Power Sector Can Reduce Air Pollution and Harvest Economic Benefits

February 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China's Power Sector and Coal

China's power sector accounts for almost a quarter of the world's total coal consumption. Controlling China's coal consumption - as Beijing has vowed - requires the power sector to take significant measures to optimize its energy sources, using less dirty coal and more clean alternatives.[read more]

How China's Top Court is Encouraging More Lawsuits Against Polluters

January 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Court System and Polluters

As China's air pollution surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives, China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court issued an authoritative interpretation that provides clarification and details to China's new public interest environmental litigation system.[read more]

China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone

China Coal Realism


It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[read more]

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

September 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Since its reform and opening more than thirty years ago, and particularly in the past decade, China’s rapid economic development has raised income levels and the standard of living of its citizens. But it has come at an enormous cost to the environment and public health.[read more]

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

September 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council released the first draft of the highly-anticipated revisions to the national Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, providing hope that blue skies won’t always be fleeting in China's future.[read more]

Model Governance and Emissions Models, Transparency and Climate Policy in China and the EU

July 1, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Last week Reuters published a brief article updating the public on the status of the Beijing’s emissions trading system, with its thinly trade volumes and largely opaque transactions. But opaque climate policy is not merely the purview of post-communist oligarchies.[read more]

Emissions Markets with Chinese Characteristics, or how Transparency is Key

May 28, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Markets and Transparency

China’s highly anticipated pilot carbon markets are up and running, with the notable exception of Chongqing, but already the lack of transparency, pressure from big business and government-owned enterprises, manipulation of data and over allocation of allowances are proving to be hurdles for success.[read more]

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

April 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China's War on Pollution

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.[read more]


Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson

China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]