20:00 06.12.2018

Carbon emissions expected to hit all-time high in 2018

News announced at the recent COP24 summit in Poland showed that carbon emissions were on track to hit unprecedented levels by the end of this year, and notes that Chinese emissions were responsible for more than 25% of the global total of emissions, up 4.7% from last year. This also comes in response to a UN report urging countries to be five times as active in their commitments to address global warming.
Source: The Independent
17:09 05.12.2018

Global carbon emissions expected to reach all time high

Global carbon emissions are expected to rise to an all time high this year following research released at the UN Climate Conference. ‘The science is clear’ it was noted; and China remains the biggest carbon polluter – accounting for 27% of the global total.
Source: Sky News
13:16 03.12.2018

Political leaders arrive in Poland in race to deliver UN climate deal

Political leaders have begun to arrive in Katowice for two weeks of talks to revive the Paris 2015 climate change deal amongst the anger and frustration that there has been a lack of action. This follows the US’ decision to leave the UN process and China was not even expected to send officials to attend the conference, despite being the largest polluter.
Source: Reuters
12:08 03.12.2018

Emerging markets: change in the air for responsible investment

Increased concerns about the environmental impact of rapid economic development is driving change in Asia. There is increasing pressure across all companies in China to reduce their environmental impact which mirrors the rise in ESG reporting and, furthermore, investors are applying pressure on boards to comply with ESG reporting. In China, policymakers have highlighted that with rapid economic development, the consequence has been high levels of pollution.
Source: Financial Times
13:20 01.12.2018

The hydrogen bombshell

Alongside China, Norway is another country which has helped grow the demand for electric vehicles however whilst having the desire to tackle global warning with the dependence on fossil fuels, our world is moving too slowly to decarbonise the energy system. There is also the problem of making hydrogen cleanly where most of it will have to come from electrolysis of water.
Source: The Economist
13:13 01.12.2018

Total of 79 Chinese cities trigger air pollution alerts

Almost 80 Chinese cities have started air pollution alerts as severe winter smog continues to cover parts of the country. As of the end of November, five Chinese cities had issued red pollution warnings, over 70 orange warnings and one had issued a yellow warning. It is typical for such warnings to happen over the winter as homes and power utilities burn more coal for power and heating.
Source: Reuters
13:11 30.11.2018

China pollution cover-ups ‘extremely stupid’: environment ministry

China’s environment ministry said on Friday that the attempts by Chinese companies and local governments to conceal pollution violations will not succeed. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment is cracking down on companies and local jurisdictions over the last month on this topic; this month, one firm misreported the spilling of near 70 tonnes of petrochemicals into the sea.
Source: Reuters
12:53 30.11.2018

China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worries

Article focuses on China as the world’s largest investors in overseas coal plants. It highlights the fact that despite Beijing’s guidelines on environmentally friendly practices on its foreign investments, there is a worry that these guidelines are not binding or standardised in a way that prevents the rapid increase of pollution in less economically developed countries such as Serbia.
Source: The Washington Post