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China’s Emissions Trading Plan Puts Weight on Countries’ Cumulative GHG

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 30, 2009

chinaearthChina appears to be backing out of global efforts to address climate change, intensifying pre-Copenhagen debate.

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AUTO ZONE (Part I): From Kingdom of Bicycles To World’s #2 Car Market

Posted in Automobiles, Oil & Gas, Transportation by ebalkan on March 26, 2009

APTOPIX China Daily LifeAUTO ZONE looks at China’s evolving relationship with automobiles, the race to develop cheaper & better electric vehicles, and new initiatives to get cars off China’s streets.

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White House to Plant Organic Vegetable Garden

Posted in Food & Agriculture, Lifestyle, Organics, Sustainability by ebalkan on March 24, 2009

white house organic garden lawn planted rows of vegetable green leafy plants Washington DC president front columns Pennsylvania avenue photoABC news’ Brian Hartman has reported what many have been wishfully waiting to hear for months: the Obamas will soon plant an organic vegetable garden on the White House South grounds. (more…)

TALKING TRASH: Shanghai

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TALKING TRASH: Shanghai explores one city’s measure of success in improving waste treatment by implementing changes at all levels of waste management.

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China Taking Uncooperative Stance on G20, Climate Treaty Terms

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 23, 2009

foxspainThe G20 Global Summit, which will take place in the UK in April, stands to be an important factor in determining China’s stance on climate change commitments as Copenhagen draws near.

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TALKING TRASH: Beijing

Posted in Community, Eco-cities, Food & Agriculture, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Management by ebalkan on March 22, 2009

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TALKING TRASH: Beijing looks at a couple of urban waste management initiatives underway in Beijing to address growing volumes of trash.

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China’s Oil Stockpiling Suggests Fossil Fuel Dependency Unlikely to Decline

Posted in Business & Finance, Energy, Oil & Gas, Politics, Transportation by ebalkan on March 16, 2009

tomsaint111In a rare admission of China’s strategic petroleum reserve capacity, a senior industry executive acknowledged that all four state-owned emergency oil reserve tanks – holding a total 100 million barrels – are filled to the brim.

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Outsourcing Toxic Dumping, in the Name of the Environment?

evan071Does the Obama administration have the will to face the prospect that a low cost approach might be inimical to a low carbon strategy, and ensure careful planning and responsible oversight? Or will US officials, keen on building a strong bilateral partnership, overlook the consequences of a business-as-usual scenario in China, permitting environmental degradation as the means to ambitious political ends?

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China’s “Green Economy”: A New Revolution in China?

francesca-tronchinA “green economy” can be built in China in less than 20 years, argues a new McKinsey report. The new study, “China’s Green Revolution,” offers the most comprehensive quantitative analysis to date of China’s abatement cost curve. (more…)

Stepping Up Efforts to Control E-Waste: China Passes Electronic Disposal Law

Legislation on the management of electronic waste, signed into effect this week by China’s cabinet, the State Council, is a key example of China’s continued commitment to making progress on environmental protection.

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Toxic Chemical Spill in Chinese City Leaves Residents without Water [Updated]

Posted in Public Health, Water by ebalkan on March 3, 2009

Authorities from China’s coastal city of Yancheng, in the province of Jiangsu, shut off water last Friday and restricted the supply for most of the weekend following citizen reports of foul smelling water.

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A Chinese T. Boone Pickens?

Posted in Business & Finance, Electricity, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on March 1, 2009

Hong Kong tycoon Stanley Ho is most famous in business for his vast and infamous casino empire and unofficial title as one of Asia’s richest people (his estimated US$8 billion net worth earned him the 113th rank in Forbes’ 2007 list of “the World’s Billionaires”). Might news of his recent clean energy joint venture with Portugal’s top power company bring him a new title: “the Chinese T. Boone Pickens“?

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