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China climate policies: What's going on !... (Climate Change, Energy, Emissions, Carbon tax and Carbon market, Policy and Regulations)
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Pollution chic: Beijing's residents don fashionable face masks

Pollution chic: Beijing's residents don fashionable face masks | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing's pollution crisis appears to have spawned a new fashion trend with dozens of residents seen walking the smog-ridden streets wearing playfully designed face masks.
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A new solution against air pollution -> The water canon ???

Let try everything. We do not know, it could work.

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Disturbing numbers reveal just how deadly air pollution is for humans

Disturbing numbers reveal just how deadly air pollution is for humans | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Experts calculate that air pollution kills more people worldwide than AIDS, malaria, breast cancer, or tuberculosis.
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Fred Issa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:12 PM

Disturbing New study shows how Air pollution kills more people than Aids, malaria, breast cancer, and tuberculosis. The Chinese have not really done anything of a consequence to reverse the effects of Air Pollution in their nation, hence as a modern Industrial Nation they remain uncaring about improving the conditions for their people and concentrate on full employment and productivity rather than improving the health and welfare of their citizens? Fred Issa,

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China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks

China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China has been using up to 17 percent more coal a year than reported. By some estimates, that means almost a billion more tons of carbon dioxide released annually.
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Now, it is official. 

China burned more coal than previously estimated. 

At Chinese scale small shares always become huge absolute numbers !!!

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Fred Issa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:26 PM

Why would China try to hide the true amount of coal? Is it because of the higher sulfur content of the coal which is more harmful to its citizens? Accordingly, this represents nearly a billion more tons of carbon dioxide polluting China and its people. Like the short-sided one child policy in China, this too will have harmful long-term damaging effects upon the Chinese people. Fred Issa,

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: China expects to miss its 2015 target for offshore wind projects

RENEWABLE ENERGY: China expects to miss its 2015 target for offshore wind projects | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
HONG KONG -- China has earned a reputation as the world's fastest-growing renewable energy market, but its offshore wind power program appears to be an exception.
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Fred Issa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:30 PM

Renewable Energy is the real answer to China's growing pollution problems, and with its vast resources and capital could easily become the world's leader. By venturing into the offshore wind power, which they have done very little, as opposed to other forms of Renewable Energy, in which they have made greater strides. Fred Issa,

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China will reach pollution peak in 5 to 10 years

China will reach its peak in the emission of major pollutants in the next five to 10 years, experts said on Tuesday.

 

However, that will not trigger the turning point for the quality of the environment, according to a report from the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

 

"It will take 15 to 20 years to reduce emissions enough to bring about a fundamental change for the better," said Chen Jining, the minister of environmental protection.

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Fred Issa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:42 PM

Study reveals that China will reach its peak in the emission of major pollutants in the next five years to ten years, however it will take another 15 - 20 years to reduce emissions to being about a much-needed fundamental positive change in the quality of both. China with all of its resources needs to step up its efforts, or it will be good news / bad news for their nation. The good news will be for China that they just became the # 1 manufacturing power in the World, but the Bad News is that no one can breathe the air outside any longer.

Fred Issa,

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China greenhouse gases: Progress is made, report says - BBC News

China greenhouse gases: Progress is made, report says - BBC News | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China's greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, says a London School of Economics report.
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China renewables investment rose 31% in 2014

China renewables investment rose 31% in 2014 | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
NEWS: Solar, wind and hydro finance flows remain strong despite economic downturn, says new spending analysis by US government
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ADB, AIIB only able to provide 'fraction' of Asia's energy investment needs

ADB, AIIB only able to provide 'fraction' of Asia's energy investment needs | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The developing nations in Asia-Pacific are projected to require US$400 billion to US$700 billion in annual investment in the energy sector over the next 25 years, and the Japan-led Asian Development Bank and the new China-led Asian Infrastructure...
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Nice discussions at this Pacific Energy Summit.

Needed investment numbers have to be taken with care. They are only estimations. But what the banks are putting on the table is fixed and limited in scale for sure.

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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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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, 2015 11:21 AM
Good indeed ! Let's see if this will lead to actual results !
Simon BdR's curator insight, May 12, 2015 11:22 AM

Good indeed ! Let's see if this will lead to actual results !

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China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing - BBC News

China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing - BBC News | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital's first ever pollution "red alert" comes into effect over smog levels.
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First time the red alert.

This good, but this also shows that the gvt did not consider it as a serious matter before. 

The red alert should have be announced few times in 2014 and 2015 before, but gvt was always expecting wind to blow within the 3 consecutive days. Even if in reality the wind was not blowing as expected.

Thanks to the COP21 on which all the world has the eyes looking at climate and pollution. This reinforce the will of the gvt to take action. The announcement of the red alert is one of them. :).

Now it is time to clean the air. Huge challenge, but I am convinced that China will make it.

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Energy, Security, and Climate » China Recalculates its Coal Consumption: Why This Really Matters

Energy, Security, and Climate » China Recalculates its Coal Consumption: Why This Really Matters | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
This was originally posted by my colleague and co-author Elizabeth Economy on CFR's Asia Unbound blog. Liz is the C....
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

Good analyses, but there are much more behind.

- Are new data more reliable than previous one ?

- Since it is a fact, effort will focus on future action. It will then be probably easier for China to achieve its INDC targets and carbon market. The CO2 cap will be much higher than previously expected.

- Did China achieve its 12 FYP energy and carbon intensity ?

 

All these let us think that it would be very useful for China to accept an international MRV system. Good for capacity building and technology transfer.

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EXCLUSIVE – Tight controls, strict penalties, and a stability reserve: draft of China’s national carbon market rules emerges | Carbon Pulse

China’s national carbon market, to be launched in 2017, will be tightly controlled by Beijing and include strict penalties for non-compliance and cheating,
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Here we go. China is on the way of its national ETS scheme !

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Clear skies at home set the stage for China’s growing climate commitment internationally

Clear skies at home set the stage for China’s growing climate commitment internationally | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
It is the 25th September and the skies are strikingly clear in Beijing. PM2.5 readings are at a low of 4. This is no coincidence. For this is the day the USA and China made a Joint Presidential Sta...
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Fred Issa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:34 PM

Beijing is showing what can be a pollution-free city with some modest investments and planning for the future. Now China needs to take this positive accomplishment and use Renewable Energy to save the people from the devastating effects of long-term of air and water pollution. Fred Issa,

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Regional China fears reducing coal consumption will restrict growth

Regional China fears reducing coal consumption will restrict growth | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China's central government has a clear goal.
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China charges former senior energy official with graft

Chinese prosecutors have formally charged a former senior official at the National Energy Administration with corruption, the government said on Monday, as a sweeping crackdown on graft intensifies.
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Another bad news for the coal sector.

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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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