Stop Climate Change

Climate change is of critical concern to China: it is the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, and many of its people are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, from glacial melting to droughts and flooding.

Greenpeace is campaigning for climate solutions that will help us prosper without damaging the planet. By switching to renewable energy and protecting our forests, we can protect our world for future generations.

Climate change is real, and it's happening because of human activities – namely burning oil, and coal. We're seeing the effects all around us – extreme weather events, droughts, warmer temperatures, polar ice melting and sea level rising. But we can work to change this.

Solutions to climate change and energy crises already exist: clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and an end to deforestation. With strong commitment to change from governments, business and individuals alike, we can stop climate chaos.

China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and any successful efforts to stop global climate change needs this country to play its part. Greenpeace is the leading non-governmental organisation working in East Asia to fight climate change:

  • We are urging China to move away from coal.
  • We are lobbying for China to play a strong leadership role in all international negotiations on climate change.
  • We are pushing for Hong Kong to increase investments in renewable energy and establish strong energy efficiency standards.
  • And we are working with scientists, industry and the government to push China to fulfill its enormous potential for renewable energy.

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July to August 2010

Image | 2010-09-16 at 17:00

July to August 2010. After filling each coal ash disposal site, the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, covers the ash pile with dirt and then plants crops on top. It is meant to control the dust against wind dispersal, but...

The arrival of the Shentou Number 2 Power

Image | 2010-09-16 at 6:00

The arrival of the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant's coal ash disposal site has irrevocably changed Mayi Village, which dates back to the Tang dynasty. Leakages from ash ponds have raised the groundwater and flooded the villagers’ cellars; cattle...

The people of Mayi villager have reported

Image | 2010-09-16 at 6:00

The people of Mayi villager have reported the problems of coal ash pollution to the Shentou Number 2 Power Station several times, but to no avail. The power station’s only response has been to merely continue with its “ecological management” that...

The Togtoh Power Station belongs to the China

Image | 2010-09-15 at 11:56

The Togtoh Power Station belongs to the China Datang Corp, one of the country’s Big Five power companies, and has an installed capacity of 5.4GW. One of Asia’s biggest thermal power stations, it produces about 4.6 million tons of coal ash every...

The True Cost of Coal: An Investigation into Coal Ash in China

Publication | 2010-09-15 at 6:00

This report, following in the footsteps of The True Cost of Coal, focuses on a long-ignored type of coal pollution. In 2009 alone, China generated at least 375 million tons of coal ash – more than twice the amount of urban domestic waste produced...

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