Climate Change

China approves plan to combat climate change

September 19th, 2014 | Xinhua

The Chinese central government on Friday approved a plan that maps out major climate change goals to be met by 2020. The State Council, China’s cabinet, gave a green light to the plan, which was proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s economic planner. A statement released on the State Council’s website urged the NDRC to carry out the plan. China has pledged to reduce its […]

China floats ‘cash for clunkers’ scheme

September 18th, 2014 | Xinhua

China is scheduled to restrict or prohibit heavy polluting vehicles by the end of June 2015 in major cities, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on Thursday. The vehicles to be cleaned off the road include “yellow label cars”– gasoline cars that fall below National I emission standard and diesel vehicles below the National III emission standard — and older vehicles, which all fail to meet the current […]

New-Energy Car Market Is Open Road, BYD CEO Wang Chuanfu Says

September 16th, 2014 | Caixin

Domestic automaker’s leader says he is betting on plug-in hybrids over electric cars and that his company needs to start benefitting from investments made in recent years Since late last year, the Chinese government has issued a series of policies designed to encourage the development of new-energy vehicles, boosting market confidence for the sector. Many analysts say the industry will soon boom, putting domestic leader BYD Auto Co. in the […]

China’s power use contracts in August

September 16th, 2014 | Xinhua

China’s power consumption contracted for the first time this year in August, another sign of slow growth, official data showed on Tuesday. Electricity consumption, a broad measure of economic vitality, dropped 1.5 percent year-on-year to 502 billion kwh last month, the first contraction this year, according to data from the National Energy Administration (NEA). That was in contrast to rises of 3 percent in July and 5.9 percent in June. […]

Silk Road, climate change on agenda

September 15th, 2014 | China Daily

President Xi Jinping envisioned China’s expanded teamwork with the Maldives on connectivity, climate change and tourism as he arrived at the first stop of his South Asia trip on Sunday. Xi compared the country on the Indian Ocean to “a string of pearls that God left in the human world”. China “will continue its support and help” with the social and economic development of the Maldives, Xi said in a […]

Coming to Grips with Ammonia in China’s Haze

September 12th, 2014 | Caixin

Farms and cars are contributing to rising levels of ammonia gas in the country, but the impact on air pollution is still hazy Chicken farmers and auto designers follow different career paths, but soon both may be changing how they do their jobs as part of a campaign to clean up China’s polluted air. Emissions from poultry waste and auto engines alike can contain potentially harmful levels of ammonia, a […]

Resource-hungry China successful in finding new mines

September 12th, 2014 | Xinhua

China has been more successful at finding new mines over the past three years than at any point since 1949, a Chinese mining official said on Friday. With the country in desperate need of more natural resources to fuel its rapid growth, Chinese prospectors found 451 medium-sized and large mines of materials from oil to uranium between the start of 2011 and the end of 2013, according to Peng Qiming, […]

What China is doing to clear the air

September 12th, 2014 |

The Nikkei recently published a report on China’s environmental pollution on August 4th, and I was shocked and dumbfounded by the sensational headline – China, A Perishing Nation Amid Environmental Pollution – written with an intention to grab readers’ attention. It is true that environmental pollution and food safety have become serious problems in China. China is now the second-largest economy in the world and its military power is also […]