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Giant pandas threatened by climate change

Giant pandas threatened by climate change | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Global warming will wipe out much of the bamboo on which the bears rely for food, according to a new study...
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China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

China readies national carbon market to fight climate change | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

The lights from the Beijing Environment Exchange — one of seven pilot markets in China for trading carbon — raises questions for the country as it prepares for next year's roll-out of a nationwide system that could help the world's biggest emitter of heat-trapping carbon dioxide rein in its emissions. 

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Reforming China's Energy Sector

Reforming China's Energy Sector | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing is making its oil and natural gas sector more competitive to adapt to production challenges and a slowing economy.
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China rethinks how to fund environmental clean-up

China rethinks how to fund environmental clean-up | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Government will adopt public-private tie-ups and 'green' bonds to raise funds, forum told
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China Coal Use Continues To Fall "Precipitously"

China Coal Use Continues To Fall "Precipitously" | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
New figures show that China's use of coal has continued to fall dramatically over the first four months of 2014, according to Greenpeace Energydesk.

In fact, following news in October of 2014 that showed coal use had fallen for the first time this century, these most recent figures suggest that the decline in China's coal use
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What a great news !!!

Hope this strong coal consumption decrease won't be proportionally impacting 2015 GDP growth.

Keep on China, low carbon transition is on.

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The Brutal Reality of Life in China's Most Polluted Cities | WIRED

The Brutal Reality of Life in China's Most Polluted Cities | WIRED | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
A photographer documents China's 'Cancer Villages,' telling the human story of pollution.

 

IT’S ONE THING to read about air pollution contributing to more than one million deaths in China, or about how one-third of its rural residents lack access to clean water. But it doesn’t seem quite real until you see the people behind those statistics. ........

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OK for the coal consumption decrease in 2014 compared to 2013. However, I never heard about a global Chinese GHG emission reduction. I probably need to check this investigation.

 

"China has made some efforts to reduce pollution. According to government statistics, last year’s coal consumption was down 2.9 percent, for example. And an outside investigation found that China’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide were down 0.8 percent, the first time in more than a decade. "

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China's Sustainable Cities of the Future

Megan Ruan examines the emergence of eco-cities as a potential solution to Chinese environmental and economic troubles.

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Nice overview of existing projects.

I will add the very promising EC-Link project supported by EU for 10 Chinese pilotes cities.

But eco-city is still in China only a word. We are all waiting for the first implemented eco-city. This will probably comes soon.

 

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China Ties Officials' Promotions to Saving the Environment

China Ties Officials' Promotions to Saving the Environment | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
No longer is rampant growth the Middle Kingdom's overriding priority.

 

For decades, Chinese officials’ job prospects have depended on one factor above all others: economic growth. The incentive structure seemed to make sense given that China has enjoyed one of the greatest economic expansions in human history. But on May 5, new Chinese regulations added another inducement to the mix: environmental protection. Officials will be held accountable for the air, water and soil in areas under their control. Should they fail an environmental responsibility audit, promotions will be nixed.

 

 

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Wow, this is a great news. China is moving forward. Let see if it will be strongly respected at the end of the year. 

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Nicolas Nath's curator insight, May 9, 5:32 AM

The Chinese government is showing signs that it is serious about addressing environmental issues quickly and pragmatically.  This is one of the advantages of having a centralized system, now lets see how efficient this measure is going to be.  We are seeing more and more examples of local officials being accused of coruption and bending regulations concerning industrial pollution.  Many accusations are coming from individuals who witness issues and disucss them over social networks such as weibo..  


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Green Finance: Seeking a Way Out of China’s Pollution Crisis

Green Finance: Seeking a Way Out of China’s Pollution Crisis | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

I am excited about what lies ahead for green finance in China now that the Green Finance Committee was launched last week. The GFC comprises an elite group from China’s financial community including the top tier regulators, banks, asset managers, insurers and thought leaders. It marks a big step forward in China’s interest in green finance.

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China is on the move. Hope things will become bigger rapidly.

What is the green investment share expected in the following years from the Chinese finance institutions ?

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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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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

Simon BdR's comment, May 12, 11:26 AM
Very interesting study, but isn't it possible for China to reach these goals earlier? China has proven before that it can meet its targets way before expectations. Hopefully China will overcome this one earlier than 2050 !
Simon BdR's curator insight, May 12, 11:27 AM

Very interesting study, but isn't it possible for China to reach these goals earlier? China has proven before that it can meet its targets way before expectations. Hopefully China will overcome this one earlier than 2050 !

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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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Nicolas Nath's curator insight, May 11, 4:24 PM

IES is currently working on a GHG quantification project in China in cooperation with the city of Wuhan, the Hubei DRC, ADEME, AFD, and the city of Bordeaux.  The goal of the cooperation project is to adapt a specific tool for the quantification of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions of industrial groups and at the municipal level.  The methodology will be adapted to local standards, and replicated in other pilot projects across China!  We are also currently working on the Caidian Eco-district in order to establish a carbon indicator for urban planners in the development and design stage of the new low carbon city next to wuhan.

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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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Chinese energy overview

China became the largest global energy consumer in 2011 and is the world’s second largest oil consumer behind the US.The country became the world’s second largest net importer of crude oil and petroleum products in 2009.EIA reported at the end of 2013 that China had become the world’s largest net importer of petroleum and other liquids.Oil consumption growth accounted for approximately 43% of the world’s oil consumption growth in 2014.EIA projects that China will account for more than one fourth of the global oil consumption growth in 2015..................
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Nice list of numbers and targets for Chinese energy

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Statistical Flaws May Inflate China's GDP

Statistical Flaws May Inflate China's GDP | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Problems persist despite a decade of efforts to improve accuracy of state economic statistics.
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This article tries to understand statistical numbers in China. Good luck !It confirms my previous comment on recent energy consumption reduction and its potential impact on GDP.

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Good News, China’s CO2 Emissions Fell Ridiculously Low In Just Four Months; How Did China Do It?

Good News, China’s CO2 Emissions Fell Ridiculously Low In Just Four Months; How Did China Do It? | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
A new analysis via the Greenpeace Energy Desk says that China’s carbon emissions may have fallen 5% in the first four months of 2015. As compared to last year, the country’s coal use reportedly fell almost 8 percent compared to the same period last year, in fact the reduction in emissions is so huge that it is measured to be approximately equal to the total carbon dioxide emissions of the U.K. over the same period.
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"A high degree of confidence in those statistics because in the current economic situation no government has an incentive to publish falling numbers for industrial growth," Myllyvirta said of China's carbon emissions."

 

So does this means that local government will declare to the national government that their economic growth rate is also strongly decreasing ?

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Marc Meynardi's curator insight, May 18, 2:11 AM

good article

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China Forms Three Emergency Response Teams for Nuclear Emergency

China Forms Three Emergency Response Teams for Nuclear Emergency | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Nuclear power developers of China have formed three emergency response teams which are expected to respond during radiological accidents, part of a higher level nuclear security measure adopted by China as it continues with its nuclear power build-up, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
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China to tar officials ‘for life’ over pollution problems

China to tar officials ‘for life’ over pollution problems | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China will start holding officials accountable for the entirety of their lives for pollution problems that occur on their watch, reports Caixin Online.
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Good. Let and see next year results.

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Simon BdR's comment, May 12, 11:21 AM
Good indeed ! Let's see if this will lead to actual results !
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Good indeed ! Let's see if this will lead to actual results !

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China optimistic on reaching 2015 energy-saving goals: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is optimistic about hitting its 2015 energy-saving and environment goals, after data from the country's top economic planner showed it reduced energy consumption in the first
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With the energy consumption growth rate decreasing this last years, energy-saving goals will be easier to achieve. China is clearly going to overpass the 2015 target. 

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Caleb Chia's curator insight, May 9, 2:36 AM

Closely tied in with the Chinese government's legitimacy or right to rule based on its performance; in this case to clean up China's polluted atmosphere in order to deliver a better standard of living. 

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A quarter of Chinese SOE executives investigated for corruption work in energy sector

A quarter of Chinese SOE executives investigated for corruption work in energy sector | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
From November 2012 to April, 124 top officials in state-owned enterprises held on suspicion of corruption, 13 per cent working in infrastructure, 12 per cent in telecoms
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This will bring a huge turn-over.

Outcome will be positive or negative, let watch and see...

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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.

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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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