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Burning Money

Publication | 2016-07-13 at 12:00

After two decades of breakneck growth in coal-fired power generation, power generation from coal finally slowed down in 2011 and turned into a decline in 2013, as a result of booming clean energy and slowing power demand growth. While this...

Study on Economics of Coal-fired Power Generation Projects in China Report

Publication | 2016-04-28 at 18:51

After analyzing the thermal-power (coal-power) related phemonenon and data of the power sector in 2015, the mismatching of use and resources remains complex. With a 2.3% annual drop in thermal power generation and only 0.5% growth in total...

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...

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...

UPDATE: Is China doubling down on its coal power bubble?

Publication | 2016-03-02 at 14:24

In January-December 2015, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus gave at least one positive permitting decision to a total of 210 coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 169 gigawatts...

Clean Air Action Plan: The Way Forward

Publication | 2016-02-22 at 19:00

Greenpeace analysis of satellite-based particulate matter measurements over the past decade shows that China’s systematic efforts to combat air pollution have achieved an impressive improvement in average air quality in the country in the past...

Pipe Dreams

Publication | 2016-01-21 at 15:16

In this report, Greenpeace explores the development of China’s coal-to-chemical sector and environmental problems of the industry. We look at the efforts of one such SOE, the Datang group, one of China’s top 5 state-owned power sector giants,...

Greenpeace City Rankings 2015 Summary

Publication | 2016-01-20 at 13:00

Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the national standard on air...

GPEA’s discovery of illegal GE corn in the corn supply chain in north east China

Publication | 2016-01-06 at 13:31

From May to December 2015, Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) carried out an investigation into corn production in Liaoning province, one of China’s major corn production areas. The investigation discovered that large quantities of GE corn are being...

Opportunity Knocks

Publication | 2015-11-24 at 13:00

The second-largest tropical rain-forested area in the world after the Amazon, the Congo Basin Forest, is under increasing threat of deforestation and forest degradation. One of the key drivers is commercial logging. This vast area supports more...

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