17:29 15.07.2019

China greenhouse gas emissions soar 50% during 2005-2014

China’s climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions hit 12.3 billion tonnes in 2014, up 53.5% in just a decade, the environment ministry said on Monday, citing the country’s latest carbon “inventory” submitted to the United Nations. China’s carbon emissions data is notoriously opaque, but as a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Beijing is obliged to submit an official inventory to the UN on a regular basis. It has previously released figures for 2005 and 2010.
Source: Euronews
20:28 12.07.2019

China-fuelled cruise boom sparks environment fears

The article states that China’s appetite for travelling on cruise ships has drastically increased, with the number of Chinese tourists tripling since 2014. This has sparked concern regarding the consequential damage to the environment, due to the rise in cruise ship liners to accommodate this increasing demand.
Source: Business Times
17:26 11.07.2019

China’s deadly air pollution is also costing billions in solar efficiency

Having previously been leading the way on renewable energy having installed half the world’s solar panels in 2017, its transformative economic growth fuelled by coal and other fossil fuels have been so damaging to the air pollution that it has blocked the sunlight from reaching its solar panels. If China could clean up its air enough to revert back to the air quality similar to that of the 1060s, it would save billions each year.
Source: EcoWatch
20:47 10.07.2019

Pessimism grows over expected start date for China carbon trading

Chinese industry players are more pessimistic than ever about when the nation will begin trading in a national carbon market, despite announcements of a limited rollout at the end of last year, according to the largest survey of market expectations.
Source: FT
21:05 09.07.2019

China to investigate Minmetals, ChemChina in new pollution audits

China will investigate its own state-owned chemical producer China National Chemical Corp Ltd and metals conglomerate China Minmetals Corp Ltd in a new round of central government environmental audits, the environment ministry said. The Shandong branch of ChemChina, which took over the Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta in 2017, was also criticised for producing and selling substandard diesel and for refusing to cooperate with inspections. Minmetals was heavily criticised during a previous environmental audit carried out with the company accused by inspectors of being a "big corporate bully" after its subsidiaries failed to rectify a series of violations dating back to 2013.
Source: The Economic Times