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Brazil is Back; But Are They a Decade Late?

December 9, 2014 by David Hone

COP 20 and Brazil

COP20 in Lima ended its first full week on a mixed note, but with some positive signs for the ongoing process. The detailed discussions on the role of carbon markets under the SBSTA ended in disagreement and postponement which was disheartening, but there remains hope.[read more]

Can China Get 40% of Its Electricity From Renewables by 2040?

December 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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China Renewables Growth

China could quadruple its share of modern renewable energy by 2030 with the right policies in place, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the China National Renewable Energy Center.[read more]

Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

November 20, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

US-China Climate Deal, and Preparing for Paris

 

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution. The president has opened the door to success with a global climate agreement in Paris next December.[read more]

U.N. Climate Summit Underscores Perennial Differences on Climate Change

October 6, 2014 by Henry Auer

Climate Change Differences

The United Nations convened a Climate Summit as a springboard for action on addressing global warming. And negotiations toward a new international climate treaty to stabilize the world’s average temperature are about to begin under the U. N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.[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]

A Step Forward For Public Interest Litigation In China

April 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently amended its Environmental Protection Law, the first amendment since the law was enacted in 1989. I would like to focus on one of the new provisions that specifies what organizations have standing to bring environmental public interest litigation in China.[read more]

In a Chinese Kilowatt-hour: The Link Between Pollution, GDP, and Power

March 3, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Pollution and Power

Here’s a riddle: how does GDP growth slow, growth in oil consumption stutter to its lowest levels in a decade, pollution skyrocket and growth in electricity consumption pick up? In this post we break down essential themes on the relationship between China’s electricity consumption, pollution and GDP growth.[read more]

Challenges of Chinese Power Sector Reform [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinese Power Sector Reform

 

At China's Third Plenum last Fall, state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform was envisioned as a key lever for future economic growth. However, it very much remains to be seen just when and how this change will end up impacting the power sector.[read more]

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China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

February 3, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China's Electricity Sector

It is quite a challenge to pin down an electricity system that has grown 10.8 percent annually over the last decade, doubled power generation in just 7 years and added 80-90 gigawatts (GW) – the equivalent of the United Kingdom’s entire generating capacity –every year.[read more]