09:09 06.08.2019

China coal mine approvals surge despite climate pledges

According to Reuters, government documents show that, despite the country’s fight against smog and greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese government approvals for new coal mine construction have surged fivefold in 2019. Over January to June, China’s energy regulator gave approval for the construction of 141 million tonnes of new annual coal production capacity, which will replace small or depleted oil mines.
Source: Reuters
09:06 05.08.2019

China’s pollution is so bad it’s blocking sunlight from solar panels

The WEF has published an article on how, according to research published in the Nature Energy journal, China’s densely polluted atmosphere is blocking the sun’s rays, thus preventing the country’s solar panels from harvesting energy efficiently. The research, led by Bart Sweerts of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, mapped the effect of China’s air pollution on potential solar output from the 1960s to 2015 and discovered that a return to the air-quality levels of the 1960s could result in an increase in China’s solar electricity harvests by more than 12%.
Source: World Economic Forum
19:51 02.08.2019

China approves first new nuclear reactors in 3-plus years

China has given new nuclear reactors the Go ahead for the first time in three and a half years as it looks to spur economic activity and exports of its reactors. Six reactors have been approved for construction. In recent years, China has seen multiple delays with reactors. Locals near the planned reactors have concerns. But they are wary of voicing them under Communist Party rule, and many are more concerned about reducing heavy air pollution.
Source: Nikkie Asian Review
19:46 02.08.2019

Improved air quality in China could save lives in the US

China has been referenced as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Studies have shown that if carbon emission are significantly reduced by 2030, they could prevent premature deaths. ‘The results show that climate policy in China can influence air quality even as far away as the U.S.’ The findings reveal that policy action on climate is indeed everyone’s interest. Scientists estimate China’s policies would benefit air quality and health by reducing concentrations of ozone in the Earth’s atmosphere as well as lowering levels of ozone and particulate matter (PM2.5) in three countries which lie downwind from China: South Korea, Japan and the US.
Source: Air Quality News
21:27 31.07.2019

Whose fault is plastic waste in the ocean?

With millions of tons of plactic ending up in the ocean each year whichis poisening food chains. Who is to blame? Rich countried tent to waste more plastic than poorer ones. A study published in 2015 found that 4 Asian countries, China listed as one, are accountable for half the plastic waste that flows from land into the ocean. In 2018 when China banned imports of plastic, the world’s recycling system went into shock. China was previously the biggest imported, companies in Southeast Asia started buying it up to recycle it for a profit. This article shows an image of the Yangtze River, which flows in to Eastern China Sea near Shanghai. The river tops the list of river systems through which the most plastic waste flows into the oceans. The river basin is home to 480 million people.
Source: DW
21:24 31.07.2019

In China Pollution is Holding Back Solar Power

Aside from human health and air quality, air pollution created by coal and biomass is affecting other areas in China, including solar energy. Pollution in China is so severe that it is reducing the output of solar panels by restricting access to, or “dimming,” the sun. From 1960 to 2015, the average potential solar generation in China declined about 13%.
Source: My Tech Decisions
21:22 31.07.2019

China’s chemical crackdown ‘having more impact on business than US trade war’

The Chinese government crack down on the chemical sector is having a large impact on businesses, with supply chains disrupted by tough inspections and plant closures. China has launched a series of inspections aimed at tackling illegal chemical production after the explosion in Jiangsu province in March which killed 78 people. In incident has drawn attention to the role played by thousands of poorly regulates manufacturers. The closure of chemical plants is a major concern for investors.
Source: South China Morning Post
21:29 29.07.2019

The hidden costs of China’s rare-earth trade

The Los Angeles Times reports on how villagers in China’s southern province of Guangxi are protesting against the pouring of acid into large pits of soil in order to extract one of China’s key resources: rare earth. Rare earth is made up of seventeen elements that can often be found in minerals containing uranium, which are used in tech products. Rare earth has earnt its name not because it is hard to find, but because the extraction process is toxic and expensive. By turning a blind eye to the environmental and human costs, China has come to dominate global rare-earth production. The consequences to the surrounding areas poisoned water supply has led to the creation of “cancer villages”, which experience abnormal disease rates and agricultural damage.
Source: Los Angeles Times
18:39 29.07.2019

Cleaner fuel needed to help reduce indoor air pollution in rural areas

While China is focusing efforts on outdoor pollution, indoor air pollution is still very serious in many rural areas across the country. More is needed to promote the use of clean fuel, according to Tao Shu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As most people spend more than 22 hours a day indoors, it is important to focus on that part of the pollution problem.
Source: ECNS.cm
00:03 26.07.2019

China's steel minnows sidestep pollution rules to boost output

Small steel mills in China are taking advantage of lax environmental enforcement to ramp up production ahead of bigger rivals, industry and government officials said, jeopardizing anti-smog targets and defying industry consolidation. China’s massive steel sector is a key battleground in the country’s war on pollution, with air quality in major steel-producing cities like Tangshan and Handan routinely listed among the most toxic. Tougher environmental laws and a 2016 campaign to shut substandard capacity were designed to both cut smog and boost the share of law-abiding but unprofitable state firms by forcing out smaller, irresponsible rivals. But uneven enforcement has allowed industry minnows to outcompete larger rivals and raise production, say industry and environment ministry officials.
Source: Reuters