21:02 08.07.2019

Estimation of losses in solar energy production from air pollution in China since 1960 using surface radiation data

The Nature Research journal has used surface radiation data to estimate that the PV potential of the country deceased by 11-15% between 1960 and 2015. The article pointed out that reverting back to 1960s radiation levels in China could yield a 12–13% increase in electricity generation, equivalent to an additional 14 TWh produced with 2016 PV capacities, the corresponding economic benefits of which could amount to US$1.9 billion.
Source: Nature
17:00 03.07.2019

US top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

This article focuses on the waste produce and the worst offender being the US, however China have been referenced banning imports. It is also referenced that young people are “not happy with the levels of pollution and China because of its political situation has the policy levers to address these issues more quickly than others."
Source: BBC News
16:48 03.07.2019

Study: Northern Luzon rural folk breathing dirty air from China

This article mentions the health impacts in which polluted air from China to the Philippines is affecting communities at the northwester region. Samples from Burgos showed that the air in the town contained microscopic particulate matter (PM2.5) from man-made emissions—fine particles that could cause serious health problems, such as lung diseases. It also mentions that studies have shown pollutants from China had reached as far as the other side of the globe.
Source: Inquirer
08:16 03.07.2019

Trump to claim US is environmental leader in spite of ripping up protections

The Guardian discusses the US’ environmental achievements and notes that whilst Trump has very little to show in the way of climate achievements he is potentially going to establish a US effort to clean up marine debris, much of which is coming from Asia. The issue could fit well with Republican arguments that developing nations like China are currently contributing far more to the climate crisis than the US.
Source: The Guardian
08:15 03.07.2019

Air Pollution Kills Over 5 Million People Every Year

This article highlights the deaths caused by air pollution and the main contributors. More than half of the world’s population that is dying from air pollution come from China and India. China is the leader in premature deaths of 1.6 million a year.
Source: Antarctica Journal
16:54 02.07.2019

Three Recent Studies Have Linked Air Pollution To Autism

The article reflects the findings from a recent study conducted in Asia, Canada and Europe, which shows that exposure to the combination of PM2.5 particle pollution and nitric oxide has led to an increased risk of autism. Researchers studied children in Shanghai, China for nine years, from birth to three-years-of-age found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) increased the children's risk of developing autism spectrum disorder by a staggering 78%. PM2.5 pollution is a particular problem in countries such as China and India.
Source: Interesting Engineering
13:23 28.06.2019

Pollution in skies over Hong Kong hits seven-year high, despite government report saying emissions in decline

This article highlights how the concentration of harmful ozone gas is at its worst level since 2011 within the Pearl River Delta region. This high level of gas causes serious health risk warnings in air quality in Hong Kong. The journalist says this raises questions as to whether the report published by the Hong Kong government is valid, as it suggests there has in fact been a decline in pollution within the city.
Source: South China Morning Post
13:10 27.06.2019

G20 cannot run away from climate change

Europe is in meltdown. A heatwave spread across the continent this week, thermometers soared past 40C as temperatures broke new records. Schools close to Paris were forced to close; Germany introduced speed restrictions on its autobahns; and a Spanish meteorologist tweeted a map of the country’s weather forecast with the caption: “Hell is coming.”
Source: FT
00:00 27.06.2019

Flow of cheap gas hits coal prices

Ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka later this week the anti-coal lobby has been out in force, calling on governments to phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel. Activists are preparing to inflate a blimp with a likeness of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, standing in a bucket of coal, as they urge the country to stop building new coal-fired power plants. For the moment, however, the coal industry has more pressing concerns, in particular competition from cheap natural gas, which has caused a steep drop in prices.
Source: FT