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Thanks Climate Change: Sea-Level Rise Could End South China Sea Spat - The Diplomat

Thanks Climate Change: Sea-Level Rise Could End South China Sea Spat - The Diplomat | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

Overlapping claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea have increased tensions. They may all soon be rendered obsolete.

 

With unproven oil reserves in the range of 28 to 213 billion barrels, massive mineral deposits in the seabed, and millions of tons of potential fisheries; claims over the contentious 1.3-million-square-mile area of the South China Seas (SCS) have become an increasing focal point for the global community. Currently, seven ASEAN member nations are jockeying against one another for control of this area.....

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China's environment is caught in a steel trap

China’s steel companies are refusing to die. Until Beijing pulls the life-support to these zombie firms, the country’s environment will continue to suffer.
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Yes difficult decision to take for the government.

Close heavy polluted firms -> huge amount of job loss

Financially supported the firms -> keep jobs and give time for a transition.

Becareful, if no transition is realized. End of the story will be bad.

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China’s environment ministry collects 7.2 million yuan fines this year

Paltry sum signals weakness in the country’s environmental protection and enforcement regime.
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Some collected in 2 months this year. With the new environmental protection in force since 1st january, let wait the end of the year and compare the fines collected in 2015 with 2014.

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China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary

China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
A film criticizing Beijing's pollution record has logged millions of views, and the government now appears to be acknowledging its failures in that department.
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Very good documentary made by Chinese to Chinese. Seen millions of time on social media, this documentary increases clearly awarness of common people here. Hope English subtitle will be soon available to diffuse this initiative abroad (please let me know if there are already some)

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Nuclear power: The future or the past?

Nuclear power: The future or the past? | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

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In fact, according to Dr Jonathan Cobb at the World Nuclear Association (WNA), there are 70 nuclear reactors under construction, "the highest number in 25 years".

 

There are a further 500 proposed plants - far more than are operating in the world today.

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Nuclear power will be part of our power energy sources for long.

Good for climate, bad for other kind of pollutions and risks.

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How I know China is serious about climate action

How I know China is serious about climate action | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Take it from someone who’s been there since 1991: China is using market incentives and the political will to cut emissions is there.
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good article.

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China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets - Publications - News & Knowledge - Reed Smith

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking Behind the Promotion and Establishment of the National Carbon Emissions Rights Trading Market” (National Market Plan).1 This is significant as it addresses some basic questions that many observers have been asking about China’s anticipated national carbon trading market, and lays out a roadmap of how China plans to develop this market over the coming years. At this moment, much remains to be done in terms of liquidity and efficiency for this market to achieve its real potential.

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China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets | JD Supra

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking...
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Very good overview of Chinese carbon market situation today and for the following years.

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China sets CO2 reporting standards ahead of national market launch

BEIJING, Feb 9 (Reuters) - China issued new guidelines onMonday to help standardise the way big industrial firms measureand report their greenhouse gas emissions, in a step towards thelaunch of a national
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It is interesting. China is recognising their lack of data monitoring. It is very good that they release guidelines for many sectors and ask company to report their emissions even sectors that won't be cover by the national carbon market during the first trial period.

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China Fails to Meet Air Standards in 2014; 90 Percent of Cities are Polluted

China Fails to Meet Air Standards in 2014; 90 Percent of Cities are Polluted | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Only 8 out 74 major cities in China met the air quality standards in 2014.
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Difficult transition ahead as China's coal consumption drops - Asia - Around the globe - World - Dalje.com

Difficult transition ahead as China's coal consumption drops - Asia - Around the globe - World - Dalje.com | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
As China's coal consumption drops for the first time in years, environmentalists and experts say China can seize the opportunity to reform a...
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"China’s coal consumption decreased in 2014, with production falling 2.5 per cent year-on-year and imports falling by 10.9 per cent compared to 2013, according to China's National Coal Association."

 

This is the beginning of the development changes needed for Chinese sustainable future.

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Chief of prestigious Chinese university 'to be appointed country's environment minister'

Chief of prestigious Chinese university 'to be appointed country's environment minister' | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian, reaching retirement age.

 

Tsinghua University president Chen Jining was expected to replace Zhou, initially in an acting capacity, two sources close to the university and ministry said. An official announcement could come this week. If so, Chen, 51, would also take over as the ministry's party chief.

 

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Will Tsinghua becomes an example of environmental friendly management ?

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China and US agree, time to tax CO2 pollution into submission

China and US agree, time to tax CO2 pollution into submission | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The leaders of the United States and China are right: it is worth the effort to reduce CO2 emissions. President Obama made that commitment in November as part of a
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

It is true that a carbon tax will have a faster and stronger impact on CO2 emissions reduction than the other famous market-based mechanism instrument which is Emissions Trading System.

The thing is how to get the support of the companies to implement a carbon tax ???

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China's Guangdong to set up $97 mln carbon fund -paper | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) - China's Guangdong will use
revenue from its carbon permit auctions to set up a 600 million
yuan ($97 mln) fund to invest in emission reduction projects and
develop the province's
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China Premier: To Cut Energy Intensity by More Than 3.1% in 2015

By Chuin-Wei Yap and Rose Yu BEIJING--China set a goal of reducing its energy intensity by more than 3.1% for 2015, Premier Li Keqiang said in a repor
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

"China exceeded its 3.9% target in 2014 for cutting its energy intensity, hitting 4.8%"

So 3.1% for 2015 is much lower of what has been achieved in 2014. Why ? Because it is not necessary to do more to achieve 12th 5-year plan energy intensity target.

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China orders two local governments to punish polluting steel mills

SHANGHAI, March 2 (Reuters) - China's environmental ministryhas ordered local governments in two key steel-producing citiesto take tougher action against polluters from the sector as partof efforts
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

The new environmental protection law in force since january 1st 2015 is much better than the previous one:

"China put a new environment law into effect at the start of 2015, and can now impose unlimited fines and even prison sentences on officials who fail to conform with new standards."

 

 

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China to Strengthen Enforcement of New Environmental Laws

China to Strengthen Enforcement of New Environmental Laws | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

China's new minister of environmental protection is vowing to strengthen enforcement of the country's environmental laws.

 

Chen Jining has made the suggestion during his first news conference since taking over in his new position.

 

"In the past, environmental laws have been enforced leniently by some departments. Failing to abide by the law has become normal. But laws can't be broken. Both companies and governments need to observe the law, which shouldn't be viewed as a difficult requirement. If they can't abide by the laws, then how can we count on them protecting the environment? Right now, our new environmental laws provide many opportunities. But a lot of things still need to be done."

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The positive and constructive behavior of the new MEP minister is a good sign for Chinese environmental protection. Moreover the Chinese recent documentary released on Chinese social media last saturday has affected millions of people.

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Official data confirms Chinese coal use fell in 2014 | Carbon Brief

Official data confirms Chinese coal use fell in 2014 | Carbon Brief | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Against an overall increase in Chinese energy use of 2.2 per cent, coal was the only major energy source to see falling demand during 2014, with a 2.9 per cent drop. At the same time, the Chinese economy grew by 7.4 per cent, showing it is decreasing its energy intensity.
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

Rapid growth in low-carbon power but coal yearly installed capacity remains dominant. Reduction of coal consumption will have an impact on 2014 Chinese CO2 emissions. But keep in mind, that this reduction could also be related to the warm 2014 winter compare to 2013. We probably should do weather correction like it is done for other countries to see the weather influence. Wait and see, Chinese emissions are for sure going to increase in the future, it might also be the case of coal consumption in the following year to get to its real consumption pick. 

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Power shift: China to boost clean energy investment

Power shift: China to boost clean energy investment | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China increases its investment in clean energy as it aims to meet environmental goals while answering the demand for more electricity
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China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets - Publications - News & Knowledge - Reed Smith

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking Behind the Promotion and Establishment of the National Carbon Emissions Rights Trading Market” (National Market Plan).1 This is significant as it addresses some basic questions that many observers have been asking about China’s anticipated national carbon trading market, and lays out a roadmap of how China plans to develop this market over the coming years. At this moment, much remains to be done in terms of liquidity and efficiency for this market to achieve its real potential.

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Key pollutants to drop in 5 to 10 yrs|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

Key pollutants to drop in 5 to 10 yrs|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Emissions of major air pollutants are expected to begin to decline in five to 10 years as part of a reduction in total emissions.
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

"But the accumulated emission of the other major air pollutants will reach the maximum during the period of 2016 to 2020."

This might be right if China is keeping engaging strong policy enforcement.

Keep on.

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China plans carbon emission caps for six industrial sectors initially under national scheme

China plans carbon emission caps for six industrial sectors initially under national scheme | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
[BEIJING] China plans to initially cap emissions from six industrial sectors, such as power generators and chemical plants, in a national carbon market likely to be launched by the middle of next year, a government official said on Wednesday. Read more at The Business Times.
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Some precision, I did not hear M. Jiang said if it will be absolute or intensity cap.

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China's big cities fail air pollution standards; environment ministry says it's an improvement on 2013 results

China's big cities fail air pollution standards; environment ministry says it's an improvement on 2013 results | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Nearly 90 per cent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013, the country's environment ministry says.
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Beijing is not finishing in the top 10,

However 7 of the 10 first ones are located just around Beijing from Tianjin and Hebei.

 

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China 2014 coal output seen down 2.5 pct, first drop in a decade

BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - China's coal production isestimated to have fallen 2.5 percent in 2014, the first annualdrop in more than a decade, hit by a war on pollution andgovernment efforts to tackle
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Marc Meynardi's curator insight, January 30, 3:21 AM

Great news, meanwhile the economy deacrease is probably a part of it.

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China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014

China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014 | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China beat a key energyefficiency target in 2014, cutting its energy intensity by 4.8percent from a year earlier, the State Council said on Tuesday,as it tries to reduce
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China releases ground rules for carbon trading | Energy & Oil | Reuters

BEIJING, Dec 15 (Reuters) - China's top economic planning
agency has released basic rules for a nationwide emissions
trading scheme, expected to be launched in 2016.
The regulations published by the National
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