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Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China

April 1, 2013 by Barbara Finamore
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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]

Advocate Could Become China's Minister of Environmental Protection

March 7, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

China's new environment minister

 

Appointing Pan Yue as the new Minister of Environmental Protection would send a strong signal domestically and abroad that China is serious about addressing its environmental crises.[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]

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China's Rise: Environment & Climate Change

January 29, 2013 by Jessica Obeid
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The cost of environmental degradation cost to the Chinese economy is pretty heavy, and there’s reason to assume that the cost on health, corrective measures and investments in clean energy will only increase.[read more]

Air Pollution: The Price of Coal in China

January 21, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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Last Saturday an air pollution monitor atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing rated the pollution index at a shocking 755--on a scale of 0 to 500. (The EPA categorizes pollution levels over 300 as "hazardous.") A Time reporter wrote that the view from her 16th floor Beijing apartment was "akin to a sandstorm in Afghanistan." Even China's...[read more]

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

January 17, 2013 by Barbara Finamore
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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 to Spend $382 Billion Reducing Energy Consumption and Pollution

August 27, 2012 by Nathanael Baker
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 The world's largest emitter and biggest importer of energy, China, has announced it will drop $382 billion in anti-pollution measures and energy conservation projects over the next three and a half years.  It is hoped the investment will cut coal use by 300 million tons annually.Consuming energy at such an unprecedented rate...[read more]

Finding the Polluters: A Step Toward Accountability on Global Warming

January 17, 2012 by Peter Lehner
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A new EPA web tool documents global warming pollution from about 6,700 facilities across the United States, filling a critical gap in the public's right to know about pollution. Polluters have been required to report on toxic chemical emissions for years, but in 2010, for the first time, big industrial polluters were asked to provide...[read more]

Cutting Air Pollution & Strengthening Information Transparency in China

January 10, 2012 by Barbara Finamore

Power plant emissions and air quality standards targeting some of the most harmful impacts of coal are coming under greater scrutiny starting this year in China. As of January 1, new thermal power plants have tougher restrictions on soot, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxides (92% of the current fleet is coal-fired). Mercury will be controlled starting in 2015. Small particulate matter and ozone standards will take effect nationwide in 2016; Beijing announced just last week that it would publicly release small particulate matter (PM 2.5) data before February of this year. Followed closely by the U.S. unveiling new toxics controls on power plants last month, both countries are in a “race to the top” for greater health and environmental protections for its citizens. This is a race we must all win.[read more]

Climate Pragmatism in Action: New Mercury Regulations To Trigger Less Coal Use

December 22, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins
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The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new (and long-overdue) regulations today to rein in mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants. The new mercury rules, designed to save lives and protect children from the potent neurotoxin, are likely to trigger the closure of many of America's oldest, dirtiest...[read more]

32 US Coal-Fired Power Plants Headed for Closure

December 21, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

The hotly debated Air Toxics Rule and Cross State Air Pollution Rule now slated for enactment in three years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are destined to close at least 32 coal-fired power plants throughout the U.S. each with an average age of 51 years. This according to a survey of 55 power plant operators and EPA data by...[read more]

Helicopter Parents Should Worry About The Air

November 12, 2011 by Gernot Wagner
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My wife and I have no car, no TV, and a no-screens policy around our 8-month-old. We carry him around in an organic cotton wrap. His favorite toys are wood, his baby soap is plant-based, his only pacifier is his left thumb. He has yet to taste baby formula, food from a jar, or anything heated in a microwave. His bottles are BPA-free, and...[read more]

If You’re Male and <40, Thank The Clean Air Act …

November 3, 2011 by A Siegel
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We know that the regulation leads to a safer society and that regulatory paths toward reducing pollution loads leads to a healthier society. These are simply facts. Those facts, however, can be difficult to translate from larger statistics to our personal lives. A new research paper from Nicholas J. Sanders and Charles F. Stoecker provides something that any American young man might wish to consider.[read more]

Running On Full: The Clean Car Agreement Is Good for America

October 13, 2011 by Roland Hwang

Today, I will be testifying a House oversight subcommittee hearing of the House Oversight and Investigations Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). The topic is the historic agreement that President Obama announced on July 30th to strengthen new passenger vehicle pollution and fuel efficiency standards to deliver 54.5 mpg by...[read more]

Aerosol Whiplash Could Be 25% to 35% Worse

August 2, 2011 by Lou Grinzo
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Aerosols affect climate more than satellite estimates predict: Penner and her colleagues found faults in the techniques that satellite estimates use to find the difference between cloud drop concentrations today and before the Industrial Revolution. “We found that using satellite data to try to infer how much radiation is reflected today...[read more]