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Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Chinese Official Urges Emphasis on 'Climate Security'

March 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

China and Climate Action

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change.[read more]

China's Power System: The Green and the Black

March 24, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Energy Needs and Sources

If you follow energy discussions, you will often hear one of two visions of China’s energy system emphatically described by various pundits and advocates. At first blush, the two visions seem fundamentally in conflict. Only one must be true! How can China be both “green” and “black” at the same time?[read more]

The Greening of China's Black Electric Energy System? Insights from 2014 Data

March 19, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China Energy and Fuel Sources

While China’s energy system is still a “black” system depending on fossil fuel, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile.[read more]

China Restarts its Nuclear Reactor Construction Program

March 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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China has approved start of construction of two new nuclear power plants, the first such approvals since the Fukushima crisis in Japan in 2011. The China State Council inked the go-ahead decision on February 17th for two new reactors to be built by China General Nuclear Power at the utility’s Hongyanhe plant.[read more]

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

March 11, 2015 by Sieren Ernst
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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]

Is a Chinese Shale Revolution in the Offing?

March 9, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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China and Shale

Countries all across the whole globe like to talk up a very big game about how they are developing their domestic shale oil and gas resources and sometimes utter lofty expectations of energy independence. Actual progress, however, has been very slow.[read more]

A Solar Turnaround as Developer Conergy Goes From Bankrupt to Bullish

March 8, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Conergy's ascendance was occurring about the same time that China was orchestrating its move into modules and inverters, making that business less rewarding from both a money-making and an existential standpoint. Conergy fell on difficult times and filed for preliminary insolvency.[read more]

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

March 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Coal

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 Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century.[read more]

Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Wages and Oil Prices

In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

No China Coal Peak in Sight: Carbon Capture Will be Necessary to Tame Emissions in this Century

February 19, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Coal Consumption and Capture Necessity

In late 2014, China pledged to peak its emissions by 2030, and achieve 20% of its primary energy from non-fossiCO2 l energy sources. While these developments are to be celebrated, the reality is there's still a lot of headroom for China to expand its coal power plant capacity between now and 2030.[read more]

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

February 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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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]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]