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China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone
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China Coal Realism

 

It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[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]

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]

Model Governance and Emissions Models, Transparency and Climate Policy in China and the EU

July 1, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Last week Reuters published a brief article updating the public on the status of the Beijing’s emissions trading system, with its thinly trade volumes and largely opaque transactions. But opaque climate policy is not merely the purview of post-communist oligarchies.[read more]

Emissions Markets with Chinese Characteristics, or how Transparency is Key

May 28, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Markets and Transparency

China’s highly anticipated pilot carbon markets are up and running, with the notable exception of Chongqing, but already the lack of transparency, pressure from big business and government-owned enterprises, manipulation of data and over allocation of allowances are proving to be hurdles for success.[read more]

New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China's Environmental Protection Law Amendments

April 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China's War on Pollution

On Thursday, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, approved major amendments to the country’s Environmental Protection Law (EPL), the first since the law was enacted 25 years ago. These amendments are a game changer.[read more]

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Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]

Will Smog in China Spur Climate Solutions?

April 22, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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China's Smog and Climate Solutions

I have read a number of news stories about air pollution in the major Chinese cities recently. A smog of particulates, ozone, sulfur and nitrogen oxides hangs over cities. The concentration of particulate matter in Beijing is more than 15 times the highest recorded value in Los Angeles County.[read more]

Plotting China's Air Quality: The Good, The Bad, The Un-Breathable [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 21, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Air Pollution

It’s common knowledge that the air in China is bad. After all, the country uses 50% of the world’s coal. But just how bad the air is – is it unhealthy or lightly polluted? – is more than just semantics. It’s been the source of debate and controversy between the US and Chinese governments.[read more]