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China should seek inspiration from Paris to reign in our lawless ocean

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2016-04-07

Out of sight, but thankfully not out of mind, this week global negotiators are discussing how to protect our ocean’s much-abused ecosystems. In particular, they will be discussing how to manage areas beyond national control. As a major...

Boom and Bust 2016

Publication | 2016-04-06 at 13:40

The world has too many coal-fired power plants, yet the power industry continues to build more. While the amount of electricity generated from coal has declined for two years in a row, the industry has ignored this trend and continues to build...

Friday Five: Bursting Bubbles, Parching Land, Planting Trees

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-03-25

1.  China beginning to clamp down on its enormous coal power bubble Due to the economic slowdown and the rapid growth of renewables, China is no longer in need of power from dirty and thirsty (see this week’s number two story)...

China begins to suspend coal-fired power plant approvals, Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-03-24 at 19:20

Beijing, 24 March, 2016 - Chinese media today reported that the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered 13 provincial governments to suspend approvals of new coal-fired power plant projects until the end of 2017. [1] Another...

How the Coal Industry is Aggravating the Global Water Crisis

Publication | 2016-03-23 at 20:28

In its Global Risks Report 2015, the World Economic Forum stated “water security is one of the most tangible and fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges faced today.”1 Out of all industrial production, the coal industry...

45% of China’s coal-fired power plants in areas of ‘water over-withdrawal’, Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-03-23 at 15:10

Beijing, 22 March, 2016 – 45% of coal-fired power plants in China are located in areas of ‘water over-withdrawal’, a ground-breaking Greenpeace study of the coal industry’s impact on the global water crisis shows. Every year these power plants...

How coal is sucking the life out of the Kuye River Basin.

Blog entry by Qi Meng | 2016-03-22

The Kuye River Basin in Northern China is already suffering from severe water stress. So why is the development of water-intensive coal power continuing to be permitted there?   Walking into Wuchengong Village it’s hard to believe...

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