Climate Change



People shun outdoors amid smog

February 24th, 2014 | China Daily

As lingering smog blanketed China’s northern and central regions for a fourth consecutive day on Sunday, its influence has been felt in people’s schedules, as is evidenced by bustling museums, crowded hospital respiratory departments and less cheerful parks. On Sunday morning, the National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert — the second highest — with smog expected to persist in Beijing and Tianjin, as well as parts of Hebei, Shandong, [...]



City to plan emissions market

February 18th, 2014 | Global Times

Qingdao in East China’s Shandong Province has become the latest Chinese city to plan a market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as a group of advisers backed by its mayor is hammering out rules for an emissions trading scheme that could start next year, Reuters reported Tuesday. In a bid to meet a target of cutting carbon emissions per unit of GDP to 19-20 percent below 2010 levels by 2015, [...]



Bigger Chinese role sought in the Arctic

February 18th, 2014 | China Daily

Denmark welcomes China being more involved in the Arctic, particularly in sectors such as mining, fishing and sea route development. Danish Arctic Ambassador Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen and Greenlandic Deputy Foreign Minister Kai Holst Andersen made the remarks in an interview with China Daily in Beijing on Monday. Bigger Chinese role sought in the Arctic Nations seek dominance in Arctic They are in China seeking more opportunities for cooperation, focusing on [...]



Fund Set up to Reward Clean-Air Bid

February 13th, 2014 | Caijing

Government promotes new energy in its battle to fight against pollution China will accelerate changes to its energy structure and place tougher controls on exhaust emissions and dust in its fight against air pollution. The central government has laid out a number of detailed measures that identify large cities and regions with the most frequent smog and haze as key areas in the battle against air pollution, according to a [...]



Fund Set up to Reward Clean-Air Bid

February 13th, 2014 | Caijing

Government promotes new energy in its battle to fight against pollution China will accelerate changes to its energy structure and place tougher controls on exhaust emissions and dust in its fight against air pollution. The central government has laid out a number of detailed measures that identify large cities and regions with the most frequent smog and haze as key areas in the battle against air pollution, according to a [...]



China renews support for new-energy cars

February 10th, 2014 | Xinhua

The Chinese government on Saturday announced measures to further promote the use of new-energy vehicles in an effort to save energy and cut emissions. Subsidies for new-energy car buyers in 2014 and 2015 will be raised from previous levels set by a standard released in September 2013, according to a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and three other government departments. According to the standard, subsidies for [...]



Suntech files for bankruptcy protection in US

February 07th, 2014 | China Daily

Suntech, formerly the world’s largest solar manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy protection in a US court as its leaders negotiate with holders of more than $500 million in US convertible bonds, Dow Jones reported. If recognized by a US judge, Suntech will receive the benefits of US bankruptcy law, including a so-called automatic stay that halts lawsuits and prevents creditors from seizing assets, the report said. The filing is expected on [...]



Capital passes air pollution control rule

January 23rd, 2014 | Global Times

The municipal legislature of Beijing on Wednesday passed a regulation on air pollution control featuring emission controls and harsher penalties to battle severe smog. The Beijing Municipal People’s Congress voted in favor of the regulation, the first of its kind for the Chinese capital, replacing a guideline issued in 2000. The new regulation will take effect from March 1. The regulation says Beijing will limit and gradually reduce the total [...]



Foreign demand adds to air blight

January 23rd, 2014 | China Daily

Study reveals connection between emissions and goods for export Manufacturing goods in China for export contributes significantly to the country’s severe air pollution problem, a recent study showed. The research, conducted by nine Chinese and international scholars, showed that in a sample year, 2006, about 36 percent of sulfur dioxide, 27 percent of nitrogen oxides and 22 percent of carbon monoxide that was emitted by human activities came from economic [...]



Carbon Trading

January 16th, 2014 | Beijing Review

China is preparing to use the market to reign in emissions Tianjin, a port city in north China, launched the country’s fifth regional carbon emissions trading (CET) market on December 26, 2013. According to the Tianjin Climate Exchange which hosts the market, a total of 4,040 permits were traded on the first day at an average price of 29.78 yuan ($4.86), with PetroChina Co., the country’s largest oil and gas [...]