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China vows to cut coal consumption

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BEIJING HAS VOWED to cut coal use to reduce air pollution.  Plans to shift China’s energy consumption away from coal are a direct response to public and international concern over health and environmental risks of the nation’s air quality.  The statement comes amidst Beijing’s recent selection to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, during a time […]

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China mulls tax on excess emissions

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CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL has released a draft law on new environmental taxes which proposes business taxes for pollutants, solid waste and noise. The purpose of the release is to gauge public opinion on these taxes. The release of the draft laws also coincides with a report by the London School of Economics (LSE) which proposes […]

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Tibet’s biggest hydro-electric plant starts operating

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THE FIRST OF six hydro-electric turbines at Tibet’s biggest hydropower station at Zangmu came on stream in late November. When the five remaining units are all commissioned by the end of 2015 at a cost of US$1.5bn, this 510 MW hydro-electric plant on the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River will have the capacity to […]

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China’s nuclear power to be fast-tracked in 2014

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NUCLEAR POWER IS being fast-tracked in China as the country this year commits to install another 800GW of nuclear electric power. This compares with some 220GW of new capacity approved for construction in 2013.  To date, nuclear power accounts for only 2% of China’s total installed electricity generating capacity compared with a world average of […]

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Hebei gets serious about curbing air pollution

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HEBEI PROVINCE IS getting serious about curbing air pollution with its recently announced plans to invest over US$6 million (Rmb 20 million)  in foreign technical expertise in 2014, in addition to taking a series of measures aimed at cutting polluting industries. Hebei experienced over 200 days with an air quality index worse than the national standard for good air […]

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North China air pollution off the scale

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SUBSCRIBERS TO CHINA Air Quality Index (AQI) apps on their smart phones or tablets will have seen the pollution indicators go off the scale above 500 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) at times over the past few days as parts of North China including Beijing are enveloped by smog.  As the images accompanying this article show, […]

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Smog starts to lift from north, east China cities

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HEAVY SMOG THAT prevailed around the Yangtse Delta area – including cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou – and northern cities such as Beijing and Tianjin at the back end of last week has finally started to subside  the week starting Monday, 9 December.  While we experienced the smog and mist first-hand for ourselves in […]

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EC lifts anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports

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TRADE FRICTIONS BETWEEN China and the European Union (EU) over the alleged “dumping” of cheap Chinese solar panels in the European market have been defused by the European Commission’s (EC’s) decision in late July to withdraw temporary anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panel imports into the EU in June this year.  The EC and […]

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