Expert Blog

ChinaFAQs experts react to the latest headlines about China climate and energy issues.

Barbara Finamore
June 03, 2013

ChinaFAQs expert Barbara Finamore and her team at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s China Program have written a blog post entitled, “A Five-Part Strategy to Cap and Cut Coal Consumption in China.” In the blog, Finamore and her colleagues, Alvin Lin and Christine Xu, discuss the problems arising from China’s extensive coal use, as well as lay out potential policies that China could adopt to reduce coal consumption.

Coal for Electricity
ChinaFAQs
May 29, 2013

In April, the United States and China announced a new joint partnership that recognized the danger of climate change and “inadequacy of the global response.” Next month, China is expected to launch its first pilot regional cap and trade system.

Jonathan Moch
May 28, 2013

Trade negotiations between the European Union and China regarding solar panels have hit a bump in the road, as the European trade commissioner complained about Chinese pressure on individual EU nations that he said was designed to prevent Europe from reaching a consensus.

Coco Liu
April 29, 2013

Once again, China’s ability to handle a changing climate is being tested.

In 2013, rainfall in south China’s Yunnan province dropped 70 percent below average levels. This, combined with similar rainfall decline over the past three years, has turned the once water-abundant region into a much drier place.

China is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. An extreme weather event like Yunnan’s years-long drought is just one of many problems it faces.

Ailun Yang
April 17, 2013

The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies. They are also the two largest producers and consumers of coal and the largest emitters of carbon dioxide. In recent years, however, their paths on coal have started to diverge.

Over the last few years, coal consumption has dropped dramatically in the United States, mainly due to low natural gas prices. In response to weak domestic demand, the U.S. coal industry has been rushing to find its way out to the international market. Last year, U.S.

Luke Schoen
April 14, 2013

The U.S. and China pledged to boost cooperation on climate change in a Joint U.S.-China Declaration on Climate Change signed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Saturday April 13 in Beijing.

Jonathan Moch
April 11, 2013

In a visit to China this week, Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, is putting a special emphasis on the promotion of business deals between China and California as part of the solution to China’s pollution problems.

Jonathan Moch
April 04, 2013

Shenzhen, a city of 11 million people just north of Hong Kong, has announced that it will begin emission trading on June 17. Shenzhen is one of the seven Chinese cities and provinces that have been developing pilot programs for carbon emissions trading.

Ranping Song
March 15, 2013

China’s State Council in late January approved an “energy consumption control target” to keep the country’s total energy consumption below the equivalent of 4 billion tonnes of coal per year by 2015.

Coco Liu
March 07, 2013

With the calendar turning to 2013, the long-awaited next phase in a campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will soon take place in China.

Five Chinese cities and two provinces will begin pilot programs to cap the amount of carbon dioxide key polluters can emit with a system of tradable allowances. Polluters that emit beyond the cap are required to buy more carbon allowances; those that become more efficient can sell allowances they no longer need.