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17 10 2021 | 09:16

Why China's climate policy matters to us all

China's carbon emissions are vast and growing, dwarfing those of other countries. Experts agree that without big reductions in China's emissions, the world cannot win the fight against climate…

16 10 2021 | 13:01

China launches first 100-gigawatt desert renewables phase

China has started building work on the first 100GW phase of a solar and wind buildout that is likely to see hundreds of gigawatts deployed in the country’s desert regions. Speaking via video link at…

16 10 2021 | 11:47

China’s wildlife food ban is vital for public health and threatened species – our research reveals what must happen next

World leaders are attending an online summit to discuss the future of life on Earth. With one million species threatened with extinction this century, the UN biodiversity conference, known as COP15,…

12 10 2021 | 12:06

China’s energy crisis shows just how hard it will be to reach net zero

As the world prepares to discuss more aggressive cuts to carbon emissions at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, China has just sent out the worst possible advance signal. It is going to…

11 10 2021 | 14:10

China power cuts: Coal miners ordered to boost output, say reports.

Beijing has reportedly ordered China's coal mines to boost output as an energy shortage across the country has seen millions of homes and businesses hit by power cuts in recent weeks. Three major…

01 10 2021 | 12:59

Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

Study highlights vast churn in computer hardware that the cryptocurrency incentivises. A single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin,…

01 10 2021 | 12:39

China’s end to overseas coal finance could free-up $130 billion for clean energy investments

China’s end to overseas coal finance could free-up $130 billion for clean energy investments   The move will shrink global coal demand growth by 1,100 million tonnes and prevent 8,000 million tonnes…

01 10 2021 | 12:15

China will no longer build overseas coal power plants – what energy projects will it invest in instead?

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently announced at the UN General Assembly that China “will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad”.

24 09 2021 | 15:23

China foreign coal financing halt could scratch $50 billion investment

China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal…

24 09 2021 | 14:14

Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship

The Nigerian government rarely takes action against these allegations.  Nigeria is a key destination for numerous Chinese manufacturing firms, with clusters located in the southwestern cities of…

24 09 2021 | 13:56

Can the Great Green Wall save China from the climate crisis?

A tree-planting scheme hopes to shelter Beijing from dust storms and provide local jobs. David Stanway and Carlos Garcia Rawlins travel to the Gobi Desert to meet the people sowing seeds in a race…

23 09 2021 | 09:21

Big line in the sand’: China promises no new coal-fired power projects abroad

Experts welcome Xi Jinping’s announcement at UN as hugely influential, but concerns remain over domestic emissions President Xi Jinping has announced that China will not build new coal-fired power…

06 09 2021 | 15:01

Impasse in US-China climate talks just weeks before global Cop26 summit

US climate envoy John Kerry told Chinese officials that there was ‘no way’ for the world to solve the climate crisis without Beijing’s ‘full engagement and commitment’. The US and China have reached…

03 09 2021 | 14:56

China tells John Kerry climate cooperation is tied to overall US relations

China is pushing the US to resolve border issues to work on climate change China’s foreign minister Wang Yi warned the US that the deteriorating relations between the world’s two largest economies…

03 09 2021 | 14:46

China provinces plan to add 100 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity

China’s provinces are still planning to launch more than 100 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity despite a decline in new approvals in the first half of 2021, environmental group…

27 08 2021 | 12:34

China passes Germany as planet’s second-largest offshore wind market

China has overtaken Germany as the world’s second largest offshore wind market behind the UK with 7.9GW of operational capacity, according to a new Global Offshore Wind report. World Forum Offshore…

26 08 2021 | 07:42

‘You follow the government’s agenda’: China’s climate activists walk a tightrope

The IPCC’s alarming report has Chinese environmentalists wondering how to push a government that brooks no criticism into taking more action. In the wake of the IPCC’s alarming warning last week…

26 08 2021 | 07:15

China sending mixed climate signals with new coal and steel projects

China continues to announce new steel mills and coal-fired power plants even as the country maps out a path to zeroing out heat-trapping emissions. State-owned firms proposed 43 new coal-fired…

18 08 2021 | 11:19

Death toll rises and thousands flee homes as floods hit China

Torrential rainfall and burst rivers swamp Henan cities, with commuters trapped on subway trains. Days of torrential rain and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of…

09 08 2021 | 10:41

China and India miss UN deadline to update emissions targets

China is the country with the world’s highest emissions, while India is third China and India have missed a UN deadline to submit fresh plans for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for…