New Energy and Environment Digest 新能源与环保参考

Chinese Bamboo Keyboard Manufacturer a Local Green Design Leader

bamboo keyboard sustainable rapidly regenerating material flooring chinaJiangqiao Bamboo and Wood hails from China’s Jiangxi province, where bamboo resources are plentiful. Though the company began as a flooring company, they are now diversifying their production to include the latest in green design: bamboo keyboards.

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China Solar Subsidies Address Economic, not Environmental, Problems [Updated]

Posted in Business & Finance, Environmental Policies, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

solar_panel_sun_6201Last week’s news of a sizable and unprecedented subsidy for solar installations in China generated noteworthy commotion in the market, as Chinese solar companies’ share price soared as investors’ rush to snatch up solar stocks, followed by confusion over the terms of the subsidies, disenchantment at the likelihood of eligibility restrictions, and finally malaise as analysts concluded, having clarified the arcane wording of the measure and considered the time lag likely involved, that it was not the golden ticket for which they had hoped.

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AUTO ZONE (Part II): China Aims for 10 Million New Cars in 2009, Pledges $1.5 Billion to EVs

Posted in Automobiles, Transportation by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

XWX101_AUTOAUTO 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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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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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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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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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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Chinese LNG Imports Climb 15% in 2008, but Drop Dramatically in December

Posted in Oil & Gas, Transportation by ebalkan on February 11, 2009

Pipelines and LNG Terminals in China

Figures released by the General Administration of Customs in China last month revealed a rise in LNG imports to 3.3 tons in 2008, up from 2.9m tons the year prior. Despite 15 % growth over the course of the year, December figures were down 23% from November.

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Climate Group Urges Chinese Cities to Promote Low Carbon Economy

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, Low Carbon Development by ebalkan on February 10, 2009

A new Chinese language-only report urges local leaders to play a critical role in establishing and promoting low carbon strategies for economic development in China’s cities.

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