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BEIJING — Creating an opening for a larger international agreement, China and the United States on Wednesday announced new targets for greenhouse gas emissions that are intended to help curb global climate change. As part of the arrangement, announced by the White House, the United States woul...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
The China-US joint climate change agreement is a full pendulum swing back from the failures of five years ago. It was only in 2009 at the Copenhagen climate change summit that, despite global pressure for action and the highest political attention, an agreement that would have addressed tempera...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A turning point has been reached in the world's bid to curb global warming The presidents of the world's two most polluting nations agree: something should be done about climate change. And they're just the leaders to do it, per the terms of what President Barack Obama called a "historic agreement"...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster i...
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Posted by on in Ecotourism
When appeals to an environmental conscience cannot motivate governments to conserve their natural resources, a swift kick in the wallet may. Gaining traction are projects to quantify the value of “services” provided to us by oceans, forests and other ecosystems, d...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
  China’s central government will boost spending on projects to conserve water this year as the world’s most-populous nation grapples with ways to ensure adequate supply of the vital resource, an official said. Water conservation investments totaled 439.7 billion yuan ($73 billion) in 2013, w...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In recent years China has accelerated its efforts in water conservation and water efficiency as the country's freshwater resources have become increasingly stressed as a result of regional droughts and years of booming growth, rapid development, and heavy industrialization. According to a recent sta...
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Posted by on in Ecotourism
The rapid urbanization of China is arguably the most environmentally significant human project on the planet. As China continues to grow, green buildings—indeed, a cross section of green buildings—is key to its continued future and in line with the country’s larger goals of a greener, healthier Chin...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
  With the heavy burdens of climate change, environmental degradation and rising populations competing for resources, many countries are looking to sustainable development initiatives. Sustainability serves to meet the needs of both developing and developed populations while limiting their har...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
  A 10MW ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) prototype power plant has been planned off the coast of Hainan Island in southern China. The pilot project will be jointly developed by the Beijing-based resort developer Reignwood Group and the US-based defence and aerospace company Lockheed Mar...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Air pollution affects millions of people, not just in China and Hong Kong but in big cities all over the world. It’s important to educate yourself about the causes and impacts of air pollution, as well as the air quality in your neighborhood, so as to better protect yourself and your family. You ca...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
At the UN summit, after tens of thousands rallied across the world, France promised $US1 billion ($1.1bn) to the Green Climate Fund — making it the only contributor other than Germany to the new institution to help the worst-hit countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the meeting more to...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Though a burst of clear skies last Monday allowed Beijingers to marvel at a magnificent Mid-Autumn Festival moon, a blanket of smog choked the capital the next morning, reminding citizens of China’s grave air pollution woes. However, that same Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office o...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Beijing is set to ban coal sales and use across its six main regions by the end of 2020 in a bid to cut air pollution, Chinese state media has reported. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced Tuesday the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijin...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Shark fin soup, one of China's most famous dishes, has fallen dramatically out of fashion after a high-profile campaign by anti-cruelty activists. Wealthy Chinese have supped on shark fin soup, a gelatinous broth, since the Ming dynasty; it is a staple at wedding banquets and other special even...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
A new study by a team of Chinese and American conservation biologists quantifies the serious consequences of China's recent economic growth on its coastal ecosystems.   By several measures, 1978 was the beginning of a hugely successful surge in the nation's ability to produce economic value, ...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
BEIJING — The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced Monday that it had imposed fines of more than $1.7 million against companies and business ventures that violated air pollution standards in the first four months of 2014. Zhong Chonglei, an environmental official, told the st...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Beijing - A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. Li Guixin, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, has submitted his complaint to a distric...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time. The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 p...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
China's National People's Council meeting took place early this month amid crippling smog in Beijing. This was no surprise. China's chronic air pollution has become so bad it has been dubbed "airpocalypse" and is now the leading cause of public dissatisfaction. Little wonder then that Premier Li Ke...
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