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Beijing won't meet WHO air pollution standards until 2030s

Blog entry by Li Shuo and Lauri Myllyvirta | 2013-04-11

Beijing has finally decided to do something about its air pollution. Last week, the city announced a multibillion yuan campaign to tackle its environmental problems, an urgent follow up to last month's parliamentary sessions, where...

Greenpeace joins solar panel owner pioneers in China

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-04-09 3 comments

In October of last year China's State Grid Company released a new policy encouraging solar grid connections for individual households. With a new warehouse in Shunyi, on the outskirts of Beijing, we here at Greenpeace East Asia decided...

For China's new leaders what comes first: GDP or people's basic health and survival?

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-03-21

For China's growing number of environmentalists, the crux of China’s annual “Two Sessions” lies in the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) press conference, scheduled near the end of the sessions. Many of us had high hopes...

Solutions to put an end to China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-03-14 1 comment

We all know China has a severe air pollution problem, particularly in big cities such as Beijing. But what can - or dare we say, must - be done about it? The most basic solution for air pollution is to end its root causes: quit coal...

Electricity subsidies are jeopardizing Hong Kong's green future

Blog entry by Yeung Man-yau | 2013-03-12

While the Hong Kong people celebrate another electricity subsidy as part of the budget handouts, they might not notice that the real winners are the two big power companies. This so-called "one-off" subsidy has been given out four...

Push to export US coal to China: "Motivated by a desperate industry, not sound economics"

Press release | 2013-03-07 at 8:30 1 comment

Washington DC - February 27, 2013 - The Chinese market for US coal exports may dry up before major new US coal shipments ever reach its ports, according to a new Greenpeace report. The report, "The Myth of China's Endless Coal Demand: A missing...

Coal vs cars: in China's power regions

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-21

Every year, over the Chinese New Year holiday, Beijing gets a reprieve from the smoggy days pictured above. Now is the perfect time to clear one's head and think seriously about how to tackle the city's ongoing pollution problem. ...

8 must-know facts about China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-07 2 comments

1.  In 2009 China burned nearly half of the world's coal , and coal accounts for nearly 70% of China's energy mix. 2. Cities in China’s Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region suffered over 100 hazy...

China's clinging to coal an unnecessary contradiction

Feature Story | 2013-02-06 at 6:00

The biggest dirty-energy project on the planet is the planned 20% expansion of China’s coal mining and production operations in five semi-arid western and northern provinces, where most of China’s remaining reserves of the dirty fuel are to be...

Empowering the public to end China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-01-17 2 comments

Air pollution in China's capital city of Beijing reached record levels over the weekend. According to the U.S. Embassy twitter @ BeijingAir , at 8pm on Saturday PM 2.5 readings surged to 886 µg/m3, exceeding the Environmental...

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