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How Capping Coal Can Help China to Peak its CO2 Emissions by 2025 and Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

[View from NRDC's Beijing office/Barbara Finamore]Nearly 80 percent of China's energy-related CO2emissions come from coal. That's why putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to protect itself - and the rest of the...

Posted June 15, 2015    

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

[Tangshanpeng Wind Farm/Land Rover Our Planet]China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid...

Posted May 27, 2015    

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

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 (Chinese version here) released...

Posted April 30, 2015    

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, BeijingBeijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part...

Posted April 1, 2015    

Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing. Coauthored by Freda Fung and Winslow RobertsonContribution of marine emissions to the total emission profile of Hong Kong, 2012 data/The Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Air...

Posted March 24, 2015    

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...

Posted March 2, 2015    

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

Secretary Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy Sign Agreement to Launch Innovative International Air Quality Program [State Department photo/ Public Domain]Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new...

Posted February 28, 2015    

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

On Tuesday, January 20, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address. We at NRDC were excited to see President Obama focus so much attention on climate change in his speech, which the White House made available via Medium. "...

Posted January 31, 2015    

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

As China's toxic air pollution once again surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives [see this moving video just released by Greenpeace], China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court (...

Posted January 28, 2015    

Air Pollution in China: The Kids Aren't Alright

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Posted April 6, 2013    

Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gathering in China before.  Nearly one hundred people - including city, provincial and central government officials, business leaders and NGO representatives - met in Beijing to discuss their efforts to...

Posted April 1, 2013    

Will China's New Leaders Clean Up the Environment?

I was trying to clean the coal dust from the windows of my dingy Beijing apartment one day in March 1992 when the phone rang with astonishing news. Nearly one-third of the delegates to the National People’s Congress had just abstained or voted...

Posted March 26, 2013