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Panyu Residents Victorious in Blocking Planned Incinerator, Expected to Meet 30% Recycling Target in Return

Posted in Community, Politics, Public Health, Urban Planning, Waste Management by ebalkan on December 12, 2009

To some, the surge of public action to oppose a planned incinerator in south China’s Panyu city may indicate growing popular environmental awareness, concern and activism in China. To others, the protests are testament to China’s growing urban wealth and the push for “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) movements that often accompany it.

Whether motivated by property values or public health, recent outcries have not been conducted in vain.

Citizen resistance has succeeded in blocking the government’s construction plans, confirmed when district Party secretary Tan Yinghua said in a meeting with local residents yesterday that the entire project would “start from the beginning.” The government pledged transparency and public engagement throughout all steps of the re-planning process, including the environmental assessment, feasibility study, and location decision, according to a report by state-run Xinhua media.

Both foreign and domestic media outlets credit this outcome to the public push back that began last month.

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China’s Emissions Targets: a (Non)Reductionist Approach

Posted in CO2 Emissions, International Agreements, Politics, US-China by ebalkan on June 12, 2009

NO emissions caps china us copenhagen carbon dioxide kyoto protocol developing country developed committment reductions targets intensity energy five-year planThe past week of events – from a U.S. Senate hearing, to remarks by China’s State Council, to high-level talks in Beijing – have scattered a layer of rich soil from which robust US-China cooperation on climate change might spring forth.

However, that soil is not uniform in content. The issue of quantifiable emissions reductions, central to continued bilateral discussions leading up to Copenhagen, is anything but homogeneously understood, as recent events demonstrate. (more…)

Newly Released House Energy and Climate Legislation Contains More Aggressive Measures than Obama Plan

Posted in Environmental Policies, Politics, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 5, 2009

waxmanSenior US Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif) and Ed Markey (D-Mass) released draft cap-and-trade legislation on Tuesday that would reshape US energy and climate policy through drastic cuts in emissions in the next 20 years and significant increases in renewables by 2025.

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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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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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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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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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Clinton to Address Climate Change, Energy in China

Posted in Climate change, Energy, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on February 13, 2009

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We will soon find out how China will receive Clinton in her new position as Secretary of State, as she has just announced her first trip to Asia, with China scheduled to be a critical stopoff. What’s more, Clinton aides have identified energy and climate change as two issues that will be at the top of her agenda.

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