China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By

China’s Premier has pledged to cut the percentage of fossil fuel in China’s energy mix while scaling up the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. Li Keqiang was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and outlined his commitment to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around

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Climate Confounds China’s Efforts to Ease Water Stress

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

China, the world’s most populous nation, faces one of the planet’s most intractable water crises. And scientists say Beijing’s strategy for resolving the problem is simply making it worse. A team of international researchers say that water stress is only partially mitigated by China’s current two-pronged approach: transferring water physically to regions that are short

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Beijing Pollution Levels Fall Slightly in 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

(Reuters) – Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent above national minimum levels. The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

(Xinhuanet) — Recent decades have likely been the warmest and wettest on record in the Tibetan Plateau, known as the ‘Third Pole’ for its ice fields. A report on the region’s ecosystem published today shows climate change has been coming fast at the glaciers. The Tibetan Plateau and surrounding mountains represent one of the largest

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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Why Russia Should Ally With China and India on Carbon Rules

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

Russia, China and India, the world’s top three net carbon exporters, should unite and start putting pressure on the UN climate talks to adopt rules for sharing the burden of emissions associated with international trade in a more equitable way, Russian economists suggest. Today, a country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are counted as the sum of all carbon

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China Confirms its Southern Glaciers are Disappearing

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

Glaciers in China that are a critical source of water for drinking and irrigation in India are receding fast, according to a new comprehensive inventory. In the short term, retreating glaciers may release greater meltwater, “but it will be exhausted when glaciers disappear under a continuous warming,” says Liu Shiyin, who led the survey for

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China’s Farmers Face Major Challenges Adapting to Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By

China’s mainly small-scale agricultural sector, where the average farm is less than a hectare, needs significant investment and capacity building to adapt to climate change. In an interview with chinadialogue, Xu Yinlong, who is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee leading UNEP’s ‘Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, explains the government’s

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China’s Glaciers Shrink by a Fifth Since the 1950s

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

China’s glaciers have retreated by 18 per cent over the past half century, a comprehensive survey has found, as some experts warn of “chain effects” that could have an impact on water supplies in the country’s western regions. An average of 244 sq km of glacial ice had disappeared every year since the late 1950s,

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China Outlines Vision for 2015 UN Climate Change Deal

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

As the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is critical to the success of international efforts to tackle climate change. When softly spoken lead negotiator Su Wei held a press briefing on day four of UN climate talks in Lima, journalists hung on his every word. China will publish its national contribution “if not in

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The Chinese Scientific Revolution Aims to Tackle Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon

This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on a device called the Expendable Bathythermograph, or XBT for short. The obscurity of the conference

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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China Asks Developing Countries to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

PTI: Promising to set ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions following a landmark agreement with the US, China has asked other developing countries to follow suit. China, which was part of the BASIC group — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — in the global climate negotiations to flag the concerns of the developing

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UNFCCC Welcomes US China Emissions Deal

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Agreement between China and the US on limiting future carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been welcomed by the head of the United Nations body charged with implementing a global emissions reduction treaty. The China US deal was hailed as “Clear leadership” in a tweet following the announcement of the agreement by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary

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Climate Change: no Confusion in India’s Stand on China, Says Javadekar

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there was no confusion in India’s position vis-à-vis China on climate change. Responding to questions after India’s ‘sherpa” for the G20, Suresh Prabhu, called for India and China to go their own ways on climate issues in a media report, Mr. Javadekar said the matter was clarified and

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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India, China Serious About Climate Change: UN official

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

gePTI: A top UN official has played down the absence of the heads of state of India and China from the Climate Summit in New York this week, saying the two countries are very serious about an agreement on global warming. UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson said: “China believes that a very

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China, India Take a Pass on UN Climate Summit

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

Discovery News: Effectively putting the kibosh on a global agreement this year on climate change, the Chinese and Indian heads of state announced recently they won’t attend a Sept. 23 United Nations meeting on global warming. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently confirmed they won’t join the gathering of world

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China Could Launch National Carbon Market in 2016

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

The market, once launched, will be the biggest in the world. China currently emits almost 30% of global emissions. The government is currently finalising rules for the scheme, which will harness the experience of the seven regional pilot markets already operating across the country, Reuters reports. “We will send over the national market regulations to the State Council

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Tibet Facing Double Environmental Disasters

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

Tibet is facing a double-whammy of disasters. China’s western so-called autonomous region is getting warmer and wetter, just as rampant population growth is creating pollution problems. The combination threatens to destroy fragile ecosystems and disrupt life for billions of people across Asia, according to a new environmental assessment by Chinese and Tibetan researchers. “It’s an environmental menace,”

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China’s Environmental Woes Inspire Art

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: A dilapidated wooden fishing boat laden down with animals who are just skin and bone, a sort of dystopian Noah’s ark trying to escape the end of the earth and an empty city devoid of human life that has been overtaken by nature. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of

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Beijing’s Coal Ban May Herald the End of the Fuel

Aug 8th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: Could the world be approaching peak coal production? It sounds unlikely, given that demand for the black stuff has surged in the past decade. But Beijing is planning to ban coal burning in its six central districts from 2020. If energy-hungry China backs away from coal, the demise of the world’s dirtiest fuel may be

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Beijing to Ban Use of Coal in Main Districts by 2020

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

Beijing is to ban the sale and use of coal in several regions including its six main districts by 2020 cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce air pollution, according to an announcement by local authorities on Monday. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau detailed how the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan

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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

On top of a rugged Andean mountain situated high in Peru’s Cusco region, on 30,000 acres of conserved land known as Parque de la Papa (Spanish for “Potato Park”), indigenous farmers met in late April to discuss conditions they feared were threatening their ancestral lands. They came from as far as Bhutan and China, and

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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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China Could Reveal Carbon Cap by First Quarter of 2015

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

Recent reports have suggested China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, could shortly reveal when its emissions will peak. Addressing the media at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, an annual gathering of environment ministers, Xie Zhenhua said this could be announced as part of China’s proposed contribution to a proposed UN climate change agreement. “Study and research

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US and China Set for Latest Climate Change Discussions

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

The US and China will discuss climate change during a high-level talks taking place this week in Beijing. How the US and China plan to reduce their carbon footprints could unusually prove one of the more harmonious topics during the sixth Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the most important annual discussion between the world’s two largest

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Chinese Coal Consumption to Peak in 2024 – Bloomberg

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak

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India and China Farmers Back New Climate Adaptation Alliance

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

A network of 25 indigenous communities from 10 countries has come together to share traditional knowledge on how to adapt to climate change. Countries in the network include China, Peru, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea. Seed sharing between the groups will ensure that farmers grow crops that are resilient and diverse enough to withstand

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China CO2 Emissions Growth Slows Sharply

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

China’s carbon dioxide emissions last year grew at their slowest rate for more than a decade, after removing the effect of the financial crisis in 2008, showed energy data published by the energy company BP. The data suggested that a crackdown on air pollution was starting to have an effect. China’s carbon emissions grew by

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Chinese Hints, U.S. Emission Cuts Fall Far Short of Climate Cure

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world’s top two emitters. Other nations have hailed Washington and Beijing for a newfound

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Climate Change Could Lead to China-India Water Conflict

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

They say droughts or extreme rains linked to climate change could place growing populations in China, India and Pakistan under increased stress. Based on latest research by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study has been published by the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and Cambridge University. “There are concerns that tensions will increase

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Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
Obama Global Warming Treaty Hopes

The Guardian: Any near-term regulation of China’s greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation. Sun CuihuaSun Cuihua, deputy director of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it would be

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China Set to Launch Chongqing Emissions Trading Scheme

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

This will be the seventh and final pilot ETS set up by the government in the last year, with a national market scheduled for 2018. The south western city of Chongqing is responsible for 1.76% China’s emissions, and hosts heavy polluting industries including aluminium, cement and steel factories. Around 240 firms with annual emissions beyond 20,000

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China to Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing on Tuesday that an absolute cap on carbon emissions will be

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China Expects to Launch National Carbon Market in 2018

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

China expects to launch a national carbon market in 2018, based on regional schemes it is presently piloting, a senior official at the country’s planning ministry told a World Bank conference. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has previously said that its pilot schemes could provide useful experience for a national carbon market. The

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China to Scrap Millions of Cars in Anti-pollution Push

May 26th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China plans to take more than five million aging vehicles off the roads this year in a bid to improve air quality, with 330,000 cars set to be decommissioned in Beijing alone, the government said in a policy document published on Monday. Pollution has emerged as an urgent priority for China’s leaders as they try

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China Glaciers Shrink 15% in Warming: Xinhua

May 22nd, 2014 | By

AFP: China’s glaciers have shrunk by thousands of square kilometres over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, state-run media reported on Wednesday. The Qinghai-Tibet plateau in western China has seen its glaciers shrink by 15 per cent, or 8,000 square kilometres (3,089 square miles), the official Xinhua news agency cited the Chinese

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Tianjin, China to Limit Vehicles on the Road to Curb Pollution

May 20th, 2014 | By

On days of heavy smog, the government will halve the number of vehicles allowed on roads by restricting licence plate numbers, limiting construction and manufacturing activities, closing schools for the day, and postponing large-scale outdoor activities, the official Xinhua news agency said. The government in China is aiming to reverse some of the damage done to

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China to Triple Solar Capacity by 2017

May 19th, 2014 | By

The new target is double the previous one set for 2015, according to a statement posted last week on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission. China already has about 20GW of solar capacity and has emerged as the world’s largest renewable energy market in recent years. As the world’s largest greenhouse gas

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UN Chief to Discuss Climate Change in China

May 15th, 2014 | By

AFP: United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon will leave for China at the end of the week to discuss the nation’s role in combating climate change. During his trip to Beijing and Shanghai, which begins Saturday, Ban will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He will also participate

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New China-UNEP Agreement to Boost South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation

May 11th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: In a new high-level agreement – endorsed today in Nairobi by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner – UNEP and China agree to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist countries of the Global South combat climate change. Since 2008, UNEP and China have collaborated

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India, China Must be Responsible to Combat Climate Change: US

May 9th, 2014 | By

Moments after releasing a report on the impact of climate change in the U.S., the White House has said it is essential that countries with high carbon emission, such as Indian and China, be responsible in addressing this major challenge. “It is absolutely essential that nations that produce high levels of carbon emissions be responsible

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Pollution Fines Reach $14 Million in Beijing

May 7th, 2014 | By

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said that only 8.34 million yuan in fines were dished out during the same period last year. Zhong Chonglei, head of the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Team, said on Tuesday: “All of the money collected will be used to improve the city’s air quality.” The penalty fees were increased in January in

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China and Nepal Agree to Cooperate on Mountain Science

May 1st, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed memorandums of understanding earlier this month (7 April) with Nepalese research institutions the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Tribhuvan University. The

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China Strengthens Environmental Laws

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Chinese legislators have passed the first amendments to the country’s environmental protection law in 25 years, promising greater powers for environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters. The amendments, which the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress passed on Thursday after two years of debate, will allow authorities to detain company bosses for 15 days if they

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Nepal, China Join Hands in Tackling Climate Change

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

China and Nepal on Monday signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the framework of the Third Pole Environment program. The Third Pole Environment (TPE) program, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2009, was dedicated to the study of regions on the Tibetan Plateau; home to millions of people and thousands of

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VW to Build Plug-in Hybrid Cars in China as Pollution Reforms Open the Market

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Volkswagen plans to make plug-in cars in China, company sources say, seeing a big potential market as the country’s leaders fight hazardous levels of air pollution with measures that include boosting green power. VW will announce its plans at the Beijing auto show on April 19-20 and will build the plug-in hybrids – a combined petrol

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China Says Polluting Industry Still Growing Too Fast, Heavy Smog Alert for Beijing

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting “huge pressures” on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country’s pollution agency said on Tuesday. Premier Li Keqiang “declared war” on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance

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China’s Chongming Island Recognised by UNEP as Green Economy Model

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

Chongming Island in Shanghai, China, has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a recommended model of green economic development. The Island is a Chinese experiment as they seek to determine the most effective way of developing a green economy. UNEP published its evaluation report on the ecological status of Chongming Island last

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Nine Chinese Cities Suffered More Days of Severe Smog Than Beijing

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Photographs of a smog-wreathed Tiananmen Square and the iconic headquarters of China Central Television dominated reports of Chinese pollution last year, but analysis shows nine other Chinese cities suffered more days of severe smog than the capital in 2013. The worst was Xingtai, a city of more than 7 million people south-west of Beijing,

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China Tells Rich to do More to Lead Fight Against Climate Change

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China, the top greenhouse gas emitter, urged rich nations on Thursday to do more to lead the fight against climate change and help avert heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels. In a submission to the United Nations before a March 10-14 meeting of governments in Germany, Beijing called on developed countries to make

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Beijing Polluters to Face Unlimited Fines Under New Regulations

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

Companies responsible for Beijing’s heavy air pollution will face harsher punishment as from 1 March, including unlimited fines for repeat offenders. Beijing’s new Air Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations will mean stricter punishments for those who break the rules designed to quash the hazardous levels of pollution that have beset China’s capital city. The Beijing

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China’s Air Pollution Compared to a Smoker at ‘Risk of Lung Cancer’

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

The head of the China’s leading climate change research centre has likened China’s “unbearable” air pollution to a smoker at increasing risk of lung cancer. “China’s pollution is at an unbearable stage,” said Li Junfeng, director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation at a conference in Beijing yesterday. According

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China Takes Steps Against Continuous Pollution

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

Several regions took today measures to prevent a worsening of the current environmental pollution levels, including limiting the circulation of vehicles and suspending industrial production and construction works. Open air activities were also banned in kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools. According to official reports, in northern Hebei province, on orange alert, private cars with

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Beijing Issues Pollution Alert Ahead of Three Days of Heavy Smog

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing issued an emergency pollution alert for the first time on Thursday, warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and construction sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the next three days. Pollution is an increasing concern for China’s leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as affluent city

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China Commits $330bn to Combat Water Pollution

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

The Chinese government has revealed plans to invest up to ¥2 trillion (US$330 billion) in projects aimed at combating water pollution as the country expands its efforts to address environmental concerns. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has set the ¥2 trillion budget which exceeds the ¥1.7 trillion that was recently announced to tackle the

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U.S., China Pledge Cooperation on Climate Change

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Washington Post: The United States and China said Saturday they have agreed to intensify efforts to address climate change and to work together on forging a common platform ahead of a global summit on the issue at the end of next year. The agreement was announced during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John F.

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China Smog Makes Capital “Barely Suitable” for Living – Report

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second-largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth. Pollution is a rising concern for China’s stability-obsessed leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as

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