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Trees planted to form a barricade to pollution|China|chinadaily.com.cn

Trees planted to form a barricade to pollution|China|chinadaily.com.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
More green plants are standing sentry on the outskirts of Beijing as authorities attempt to reduce pollution and make the city a more pleasant place to live.
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China Adding Nuclear Plants at Record Pace in Fight Against Smog

China is set to add nuclear reactors at a record pace this year as the nation seeks to cut pollution by reducing its dependence on coal.

China may start operating 8 reactors this year, according to Zhao Chengkun, the vice chairman of the China Nuclear Energy Association, citing an estimate by the National Energy Administration.

Cyril Cassisa's insight:

Nuclear power go go go.

China will soon get the biggest nuclear power park.

Good for climate. However, security and waste management issues need to be rised.

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China and Kenya launch solar technology transfer center|WantChinaTimes.com

China and Kenya launch solar technology transfer center|WantChinaTimes.com | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Chinese and Kenyan investors on Friday launched a technology transfer and training center to promote the assembly of solar lighting systems to meet a huge demand for green energy sources in the East ...
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Smart move to the African market.

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Only 1 pct of firms in China's Hebei met 2014 emission standards - Greenpeace

BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) - Only 1 percent of firms inChina's top steelmaking province of Hebei met state emissionstandards in 2014, environmental group Greenpeace said onFriday, underscoring the
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Respect for laws vital to environmental protection: Expert - China.org.cn

The most serious problem with environmental protection in China lies in the lack of respect for laws and regulations, said a climate expert at the French Embassy in China.
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Keep communicating and being positive are part of the solution.

 

"Cyril stressed that environmental watchdogs' latest actions have demonstrated the sincerity of the Chinese government's quest to enforce and respect the law. "I believe China will solve its environmental problems in future," he said."

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China’s coal imports fall by 43 percent

China’s coal imports fall by 43 percent | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Amid China’s slowing growth and new efforts to reduce pollution, imports of the world’s largest coal consumer have fallen dramatically
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Is it possible to also give the weather corrected data. The winter was quite warm this year. Numbers would be less impressive then. 

But I am quite agree that the main reason will reamains slowing growth and efforts to reduce pollution.

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China clamps down on CCER projects as rules tighten | Carbon Pulse

China rejected 33 of 54 CCER project approvals at a recent meeting, data released Friday showed, confirming market concerns that the regulator is tightening
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This shows that offset market in China won't be this easy.

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China PX Chemical Factory Explosion Injures 6, Raising New Environmental Concerns

PX, used in polyester and plastic bottles, is now a ‘toxic brand’ in China; media blame poor safety and management standards.
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Since there are more and more factories in China, absolute number of accidental cases will also increase. China needs to improve and inforce the application of better safety and management standards.

 

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Drones now integral to China's pollution monitoring|WantChinaTimes.com

Drones now integral to China's pollution monitoring|WantChinaTimes.com | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
In nine cities in China, including Beijing, 90% of air pollution has been attributed to vehicles, industrial production, coal burning and dust, according to a Ministry of Environmental Protection ...
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Xi plants roots of green awareness|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn

Xi plants roots of green awareness|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
President Xi Jinping highlighted the importance of ecology and environmental protection as he called for greater awareness of their benefits.
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Putting an end to green corruption - Global Times

Putting an end to green corruption - Global Times | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Since his appointment in late February, China's new Environmental Protection Minister Chen Jining has stressed the need to curb corruption in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) industry.

In a latest announcement released on March 25, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) required all government-backed EIA institutes either to disassociate themselves from local environmental protection authorities or to pull out of the EIA market by the end of 2016. Employees at institutes to be shut down will have to quit if they wish to continue working as EIA engineers.
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Independant environmental impact assessment (EIA) institutes should be better than what it is today. However, corruption is the main problem there, so these institutes should also be controled. The best way would be to give more rights to civil societies and increase transparence in the EIA procedure.

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China considering space-based solar power station

China considering space-based solar power station | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Chinese scientists say a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit could supply a constant stream of electricity, avoiding the intermittent issues that come with nighttime back on Earth.
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A little science fiction is always good to give you good mood. 2020 is almost tomorrow :)

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China creates first hydrogen-powered tram, only emission is water – The Korea Times

China creates first hydrogen-powered tram, only emission is water – The Korea Times | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

Its current design allows for more than 60 miles of travel while going almost 45 miles per hour on just one tank of hydrogen. Additionally, each tram can carry up to 380 passengers at once.

 

“The average distance of tramcar lines in China is about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), which means one refill for our tram is enough for three round trips,” Liang Jianying, chief engineer of the Sifang Company, told the Xinhua news agency.

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Good news ! Moreover than a clean tram technology; it means that China will develop tram transport in its cities.

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China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs

China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.
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Coal consumption cap for 13th FYP is generally announced at every events. I consider it now as a more than probable target for the next FYP. Thanks to the work of project like China Coal Cap Project leading by NRDC.

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China Energy Figures Suggest Much Slower Growth Than Advertised

Last year, China reported the slowest economic growth in 24 years, about 7.4 percent. But the true figure may actually be much lower, and the evidence is buried in electricity figures which show just 3.8 percent growth in electricity consumption
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Yes, statistics of energy consumption gives us a good information about the development of Chinese economy. GDP numbers are much harder to quantified.

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Beijing eyes green initiatives to boost growth while cutting smog

Beijing eyes green initiatives to boost growth while cutting smog | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

Hebei's steel mills must comply with tough state pollution standards by the end of the year, Beijing's targeted capital injections will stimulate development of environmental industries

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"Hebei's steel mills must comply with tough state pollution standards by the end of the year". What a good thing, even if it happens in 2 to 3 years.

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China Could Cut Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Could Cut Coal (Mostly) by 2050 | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China could get nearly 60 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050 according to a new study
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Very good study. A lot of high-level think-tank. After, a French report announcing the feasibility of France to be 100% electricity renewable by 2050 (ADEME). Chinese experts are announcing that China could be 60% electricity renewable by 2050. 

(summary report available on the article)

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Khoo Shi Han's curator insight, April 25, 7:54 AM

Evidence of the effectiveness of China's government measures in ensuring the sustained growth of China through viable renewable energy alternatives.

Tjc ChinaStudies's curator insight, April 27, 10:32 AM

China's pollution problem could possibly be solved as it moves towards renewables

Also, it is indicative of chinese commitment to meeting their environmental goals

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National carbon trading market to launch in China in 2016|WantChinaTimes.com

National carbon trading market to launch in China in 2016|WantChinaTimes.com | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
At a forum held in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on April 8, China was said to be readying itself to kick off a national carbon trading market in 2016, with insiders estimating it will ...
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China's Next Social Revolution Can Emanate From Smog

China's Next Social Revolution Can Emanate From Smog | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Environmentalists and political analysts warn that the next probable reason for a social revolution in China is its increasing problem on pollution.
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report released by the Institute of Environment Planning, an agency run by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection

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2000 police used to quell pollution protest in China which left one dead

2000 police used to quell pollution protest in China which left one dead | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
50 arrested after police were called in to put down a protest by villagers against a chemical plant in China’s Inner Mongolia
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Capping coal consumption is the correct choice for China

China is thinking outside of coal for its energy supply.

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Will the coal cap plan be cost-effective? Levying a pollution tax to remedy the coal consumption externality and subsidising renewable energy will certainly push up the cost of power. Total costs could rise by around US$80–100 billion in 2020–30. But the payoff is great. In the long run, slashing fuel costs and abating carbon emissions, while encouraging new industries and creating new jobs, will surely justify the costs incurred."

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Rare earth minerals used in smart phones create environmental disaster in China

Rare earth minerals used in smart phones  create environmental disaster in China | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Rare earth minerals mined for the production of smart phones have filled a lake with black sludge near this industrial city eight hours west of Beijing, China.

The sludge cascades from pipes ringing the massive artificial lake. The pipes come from factories that refine the minerals – neodymium ...
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It is not only in China. It is the all supply chain of smart phone business. And end of the chain brands won't make effort to change it. See French documentary diffused on TV: 

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-magazine/france-2/cash-investigation/cash-investigation-du-mardi-4-novembre-2014_730935.html

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Tsinghua study outlines potential allocation rules for China’s national ETS | Carbon Pulse

Provinces should draw up their own individual allocation plans under China’s national carbon market, which would ultimately be subject to Beijing’s approval,
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Prof. Duan Maosheng is well known expert on market based mechanisms involved in international climate negotiations and climate policy designs in China. Equitable allocation rules for china national ETS is a huge challenge. I will definitely have a look to this paper.

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China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic
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Chinese coal use falling faster than expected - Report

Reuters reported that China is reducing coal use for power generation faster than expected as the use of cleaner-burning fuels and slowing economic growth drags thermal utilisation rates to a potential record low, implying imports and prices will fall further.

Beijing said this month it will go all out to curb its addiction to coal to reduce pollution, raising fresh doubts about demand from the world's top consumer of the fuel just after imports slumped a third in February from a year ago.

 

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Good ! The weather was warm this winter. Hope the coal consumption reduction will keep on all the year. Hope government won't give subsidies to coal plants and let some them loose money in the aim they stop developing and construct new plants.

 

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INVESTMENT: Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator

INVESTMENT: Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The global pool of issued green bonds, which are designed to fund environmentally friendly projects, tripled from $12 billion in 2013 to a little more than $36 billion last year.
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China is on the move to greener transition.

But isn't it funny how finance is now leading everything in the world.

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