Category: China

By cutting ozone pollution now, China could save 330,000 lives by 2050

Read the full story from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.v

If China takes strong measures to reduce its ozone pollution now, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives in the long run, according to a new study.

China feels the heat over rogue CFC emissions

Read the full story at Nature.

The government plans to build a monitoring network in the wake of a study that attributed a spike in an ozone-depleting chemical to two Chinese provinces.

China Wrestles with the Toxic Aftermath of Rare Earth Mining

Read the full story at e360.

China has been a major source of rare earth metals used in high-tech products, from smartphones to wind turbines. As cleanup of these mining sites begins, experts argue that global companies that have benefited from access to these metals should help foot the bill.

Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes. The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.

5 deep decarbonization trends in China’s industrial sector

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The industrial sector is a major energy consumer and carbon emitter in China. For years, China’s industrial sector has been responsible for more than 65 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and more than 70 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions and thus always has been the main focus of China’s climate change mitigation efforts.

Industry is regarded as a hard-to-abate sector in terms of carbon emissions due to the complexity of industrial production processes and the high costs of carbon reduction. There is an international consensus that energy efficiency improvements, reduced demand for carbon-intensive products and services and deployment of decarbonization technologies are the three main strategies for deep decarbonization in the industrial sector.

Remarkable progress has been made in all these areas in China. China’s industrial sector is moving toward deep decarbonization, as can be seen in the following trends.

Pollution cover-ups exposed in Chinese provinces

Read the full story in Nature.

A government investigation reveals thousands of violations — some by local officials who helped companies to cover up illegal waste dumping.

Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions

Read the full story from the University of Bristol.

Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes from eastern China, according to new research.

The electric vehicle revolution will come from China, not the US

Read the full story in The Conversation.

The electric vehicle revolution is coming, but it won’t be driven by the U.S. Instead, China will be at the forefront.

My research on EVs, dating back a decade, convinces me that this global transformation in mobility, from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric ones, will come sooner than later. The shift is already happening in China, which is the world’s largest automobile market, with 23 million cars sold in 2018. As Western countries approach peak car ownership, there are still hundreds of millions of Chinese families that don’t own a car at all – much less two or more.

Many of them are buying electric cars. By 2015, electric vehicle sales in China had surpassed U.S. levels. In 2018, Chinese sales topped 1.1 million cars, more than 55% of all electric vehicles sold in the world, and more than three times as many as Chinese customers had bought two years earlier. U.S. electric vehicle sales that year were just 358,000.


China is polluting California’s air

Read the full story in Treehugger.

A lot of people like to imagine pollution respects national borders. The reality is, it couldn’t care less. A new report found that pollution is traveling around the world and, in particular, moving from China to California.

New study: China’s Regulations Unsuccessful in Curbing Methane Emissions

Read the full story from CIRES.

China, already the world’s leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins-led study shows.

The study’s findings are published today in Nature Communications.

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