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China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions


In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Will Russia's Gas Deal with China Block Other Suppliers?

June 16, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

$400 billion deals aren't announced every week, although the new natural gas supply agreement between Russia and China had been in the works for some time. However, the crucial element of price apparently wasn't agreed until a negotiating session that lasted until 4:00 AM, Shanghai time.[read more]

Ride for Climate: A Bicycle Journey Across Asia

May 1, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Riding for Climate

Lindsey and I just turned 35. We're at the point in our lives when we're supposed to start a family or plunge fully into our careers. Some of our friends are buying houses, others are waiting for their second child, and a few are negotiating for tenure-track professorships.[read more]

Do You Practice Quality of Life Investing? Michael Berry Does

April 26, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Quality of Life Investment

From 1982–1990, Michael Berry served as a professor of investments at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, during which time he published a book, "Managing Investments: A Case Approach."[read more]

Fight China's Smog with Ethanol: Interview with Chen Lin

February 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, published and distributed by Taylor Hard Money Advisors Inc. He employs a value-oriented approach and often demonstrates excellent market timing due to his exceptional technical analysis.[read more]

China Fights Airpocalypse: A New Air Pollution Initiative That Just Might Work

January 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

There is something new that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems. The Chinese central government has just required roughly 15,000 of the country’s biggest factories to publicly report their air emissions and wastewater discharges continuously.[read more]

The Cleantech Crash: 60 Minutes Asks the Wrong Question

January 13, 2014 by James Greenberger

Lesley Stahl’s segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday entitled the “Cleantech Crash” has been the subject of much commentary. The segment largely reiterates the popular storyline that the U.S. Department of Energy wasted billions of dollars on worthless Cleantech investments.[read more]

Chinese Plan to Dominate Nuclear Energy Market Worldwide

January 9, 2014 by Rod Adams

China and Nuclear Energy

The best way for American companies to successfully capture a substantial portion of the world energy market using emission-free nuclear energy technology is to focus on our own strengths and weaknesses. We need to practice hard and sell what we know how to do well.[read more]

Striving Towards the Eco-City: Experience from Huainan, China

January 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Eco City

China’s rapid urbanization in the last 30 years has brought about many problems. The country is now facing a huge challenge to balance economic development with environmental conservation and social stability. How can we build a better city that can provide a better life for its citizens?[read more]

Reuters Breakout Series Focuses on China's Interest in Thorium

December 23, 2013 by Rod Adams

Reuters is running a series titled 'Breakout: Inside China’s Military Buildout.' Installment number six is titled 'The U.S. government lab behind Beijing’s nuclear power push.' The title is misleading; it is not about China’s world-leading, multibillion-dollar program.[read more]

China's Factory Owners Look for Energy Savings

December 7, 2013 by Charles Arthur

China Factory Energy Savings


A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports that for decades after China started trading with the United States in 1979, most factory managers didn’t focus on electricity prices, but now factory bosses in China are looking at ways to cut costs through greater energy efficiency.[read more]


The Explosive Growth of Steel Production in China: Why It Matters

November 27, 2013 by Robert Wilson

China and Steel

China's steel industry now consumes two times more energy than global production of wind and solar energy. This disparity illustrates how little has been achieved in transitioning to low carbon energy and the profound challenges such a transition will face.[read more]


Does Thorium Deserve a Role in Next-Generation Nuclear Energy?

October 31, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Thorium and Next-Gen Nuclear

The advantages of thorium and liquid-fueled reactors deserve to be researched and developed in ways that would tackle climate challenges while sustaining and expanding a valuable industry. That's what China, India, Norway, South Korea, South Africa and other nations seem to have in mind.[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]