Two Weeks in Beijing

December 8, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Beijing, Biking, and Climate Change

Six months after leaving Istanbul, after cycling 5,000 miles, we arrived in in Beijing, the capital of the world's most polluting nation. We were warned about biking into the city, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that its wide roads had paralleling bike/scooter lanes for people like us.[read more]

Air Pollution: Keeping Watch on the Sky Over Beijing

October 31, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Beijing Air Pollution

When I last visited China, my days in Beijing and Chengdu were spent under a blanket of haze. Some days I could taste metal on my lips when we ventured outdoors. Experiencing Chinese air pollution never fails to bring home to me how vital strong clean air laws are for any country.[read more]

Clean Air Act Working, But 42 Percent of Americans Still Breathe Dangerous Air

April 26, 2013 by Joseph Romm

clean air?

The American Lung Association today released their annual State of the Air report. In general, it says that the air is cleaner than it was a decade ago, thanks to the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Air Pollution Spurs Chinese Auto Industry Emissions Reform

April 3, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Chinese authorities from five separate government bodies are set to mandate new fuel economy standards on all vehicles in the next few years. The policy establishes two benchmarks for emissions.[read more]

Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China

April 1, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

environmental transparency in China

City, provincial and central government officials, business leaders and NGO representatives met in Beijing to discuss efforts to promote environmental transparency and public disclosure of pollution data.[read more]

Air Pollution Crisis: New Momentum for Regulation in China

February 24, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

The recent spate of severe air pollution in China has shone a spotlight on the need for strong environmental regulation in China and prompted the government to move forward with a number of new environmental policies and laws.[read more]

Air Pollution in China Should be a Catalyst for Air Pollution Action

January 17, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

While many Beijing residents have long voiced concern and discontent over air pollution levels, it took possibly the worst air pollution in recent history to get the government to acknowledge the problem. On Saturday, January 12, air pollution levels in Beijing broke records: PM 2.5 – the fine particles that gets lodged in the lungs — spiked to 886 while the Air Quality Index (AQI) climbed to 755.[read more]

China Takes Recycled Fry-Oil Biofuels To Scale

August 30, 2011 by John Daly

According to a recent article in the People’s Daily, Beijing’s 19 million inhabitants are seeing the grease used to fry up their dim sum and other delicacies carted off by eight licensed collectors of used cooking oil, known as “hogwash,” for recycling into biofuel.[read more]

China Leads in Cleantech, But Partnership Provides US Opportunties

June 10, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Chris R. BrownThere are a number of credible voices on China and cleantech on Twitter.  One you may have overlooked is Chris R. Brown (@chrisrbrown).  He writes the China Solar Energy blog.  I recently interviewed Chris for The Green Skeptic. Chris worked as a China policy analyst for US Naval Intelligence and the...[read more]

China blacks out towns to meet energy goal

September 9, 2010 by Big Gav

AP has a report on Chinese efforts to restrict energy consumption (which caused some angst in the local press here regarding the possible impact on iron ore prices) - China blacks out towns to meet energy goal.Chinese steel mills and mobile phone factories are being idled and thousands of homes in one area are doing without electricity...[read more]

Report from the China-US Building Energy Labeling Summit

May 19, 2010 by LaneBurt

I recently returned from Beijing, where NRDC and the Energy Foundation sponsored the “China US Building Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Labeling Summit” to talk about lessons learned in energy labeling of buildings in the US and China.  The Summit featured the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and the...[read more]

Prospects for a Global Climate Deal in 2010 Not Looking Good

May 10, 2010 by Hugh Bartling

Photo of Jairam Ramesh by Matthew McDermott The Chinese government hosted the “International Cooperative Conference on Green Economy and Climate Change” this weekend in Beijing. It brought together environment ministers and climate negotiators to discuss the way forward in global climate policy. The press accounts suggest very little...[read more]

A climate wish list on China’s 60th birthday

October 1, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Today’s guest reposting is by CAP’s Julian L. Wong author of “Peaking Duck: Beijing’s Growing Appetite for Climate Action.”  In the photo, Chinese workers prepare decorations ahead of the 60th National Day celebrations in Beijing, China. This week marks the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The first 30-year...[read more]

Chinese targeting uranium

September 9, 2009 by Big Gav

The SMH has an article on Chinese interest in acquiring stakes in Australian uranium mines - Chinese target uranium.A BEIJING directive to its growing nuclear power industry to step up the acquisition of strategic uranium supplies has led to an agreed $85 million takeover bid for Energy Metals, the main partner in the Northern Territory...[read more]

Beijing Event Notice: Disruptive Green Innovation

July 6, 2009 by Richard Brubaker

Hat tip to Responsible China for highlighting the upcoming July 24 event  "Disruptive Green Innovation New Ventures China 2009 Forum," a collaboration between the World Resources Institute and the DAO Institute for Environment and Development. Unlike many of the other big events, who bill themselves as “The” cleantech conference,...[read more]