11:38 25.05.2019

China is surprisingly carbon-efficient—but still the world’s biggest emitter

This article solely focusses on the severe smog warnings which currently face China. The growing meat consumption and reliance on fossil fuels have made it a focus for worry. Per year China produces 10.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The combination of China’s huge population and rapid GDP growth has nonetheless made it the world’s biggest emitter of carbon. Predictions read China will produce 16bn tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2030—four times the entire world’s output in 1900.
Source: The Economist
10:52 24.05.2019

A pollution crackdown compounds slowdown woes in China's heartland

China's industrial heartland has long been cloaked in smog, its waterways choked with pollution pumped from enormous clusters of factories churning out the mountains of cement and steel needed to build the Chinese economy. New regulations have attempted to combat this, but this hits manufacturers hard, compounding the pressures from China's slowing economy and a grinding trade war with the United States. Interviews conducted by Reuters across Henan suggest consumers are spending less, cities are struggling to retool their economies and the pollution crackdown is hurting businesses and employment. Furthermore, the results of the anti-pollution efforts have been mixed, especially as China's economy slows.
Source: Reuters
11:28 23.05.2019

China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds

Industries in north-eastern China have released large quantities of an ozone-depleting gas into the atmosphere in violation of an international treaty, scientists have said. Since 2013, annual emissions of the banned chemical Chlorofluorocarbon-11 (CFC-11) from that region have increased by about 7,000 tonnes, according to a report in peer-reviewed journal Nature.
Source: The Guardian
11:25 23.05.2019

How climate change can fuel wars

China has been referenced in the this article alongside Russia and America as countries who will scramble for the sea lanes which will open up the minerals that may lie beneath as the Arctic sea-ice melts as a result of climate change. People fear that climate change will be disruptive that it will make future conflicts more likely.
Source: The Economist
11:23 23.05.2019

The Energy 202: Republicans Vote Against Bill Containing Their Key Climate Priority: Researching Energy Innovation

A study has found a mysterious spike in emissions of an ozone-destroying chemical in two provinces in China. The production of the compound is banned under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty enforced to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. This highlights that China is intensifying environmental challeneges and will have global consequences.
Source: Washington Post
11:21 23.05.2019

12 documentaries that changed the world, from The Act of Killing to Blue Planet II

China have been mentioned in this article with reference to the dented internet speed of the country when more than 80 million simultaneously streamed Blue Planet II, a documentary presented by David Attenborough which confronts viewers with the devasting effects of plastic pollution on the oceans. It was noted that Prime Minister Theresa May presented President Xi Jinping with a box set signed by the presenter, David Attenborough
Source: The Times
11:14 23.05.2019

China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal ozone-depleting gas, study finds

Industries in north-eastern China have released large quantities of an ozone-depleting gas into the atmosphere in violation of an international treaty, scientists have said. Since 2013, annual emissions of the banned chemical Chlorofluorocarbon-11 (CFC-11) from that region have increased by about 7,000 tonnes, according to a report in peer-reviewed journal Nature.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
11:33 22.05.2019

Ozone layer: Banned CFCs traced to China say scientists

Researchers say that they have pinpointed the major sources of a mysterious recent rise in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical. A new study has found that this is mostly being caused by new gas production in eastern provinces of China. This study confirms beyond any reasonable doubt that 40-60% of the increase in emissions is coming from provinces in eastern China.
Source: BBC News