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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.
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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.
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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.
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The noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes. The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.
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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.
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A government investigation reveals thousands of violations — some by local officials who helped companies to cover up illegal waste dumping.
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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.
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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.