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China, Climate, and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

September 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China, Coal, and Fuels

During Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, China stopped short of making any post-2020 commitments at the Summit, though Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that China will work to peak its total CO2 emissions as soon as possible.[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]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

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Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

September 18, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Biking Across Asia

Over the course of this trip across Asia we’ve been interviewing people — especially older people — as we travel, asking them if they think the climate has changed in their lifetime. We’ve been surprised by the responses. So many people say that it has in fact gotten warmer.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[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]

China's Coal Imports Drop For The First Time Since Country Became Net Coal Importer

September 12, 2014 by Justin Guay

China Coal Imports

An analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International showed the unthinkable -- Chinese coal consumption fell for the first time this century in the first half of this year. China's GDP growth and coal consumption have decoupled, suggesting a structural shift in the Chinese economy.[read more]

Is Coal Really "Peaking" in China?

September 1, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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“While uncertainty over the changes in coal stockpiles still exists, we’re confident that the unbelievable may be at hand: peak coal consumption in China.” So concludes a recent blog post from Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta. What does this recent (possible) dip auger for future emissions and energy trends in China? It's complicated.[read more]

SolarWorld Wins Trade Case, But Faces Sliding Stock, Faulty Lug Recall, and More

August 28, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld Successes and Difficulties

In June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company's trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.[read more]

A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half  

August 20, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China and Shale Gas

China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously. The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both inside and outside China when first announced.[read more]

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

August 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Chinese coal consumption: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the 'war on pollution' is not just talk.[read more]

SolarWorld Fires Shot at SEIA Over China Trade Case, But Leaves Settlement Possibility Open

August 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Late last month, the Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling in SolarWorld's anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers. The government will slap large tariffs on Chinese suppliers, which could raise the price of modules shipped into the U.S. by up to 20%.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

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Which Countries Produce The Most Fossil Fuels?

July 30, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Countries and Fossil Fuels

Which country takes the most fossil fuels out of the ground? The answer to this question is relatively predictable: China. Today China is the world's biggest consumer of energy and the vast majority of that comes from burning coal mined in China itself.[read more]