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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media

China proposes carbon tax after 2012 (Google translation) China is considering the creation of a climate tax as early as 2012, according to a recent study completed the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance. The tax would be devised by changing the current resource tax of 2% into a carbon tax to be levied on enterprises; the tax would charge 10 RMB per ton of carbon dioxide starting in 2012 and will then be increased to 40 RMB by 2020. Though much still needs to be completed before implementation, receiving the … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(1)

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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media


Chinese official calls upon Asian countries to strengthen cooperation, address climate change (Google translation)
At the 2010 Asia News Coalition forum last week, director of the China Meteorological Administration, Zheng Guoguang, emphasized common needs and concerns of Asian countries in addressing climate change, and the importance to strengthen future collaboration among nations. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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China Renews Its Commitment to Renewable Energy

"Optical Cables Below" reads a sign outside a wind farm in Yumen, Gansu province

“Optical Cables Below” reads a sign outside a wind farm in Yumen, Gansu province. Photo Credit: Doug Kanter

China is currently the second largest consumer of energy in the world (behind the US) and is projected to overtake the US as the largest consumer by 2015. To meet its growing energy needs, China has made impressive efforts in recent years to expand its renewable energy capacity. This effort was kick-started with the passage of the Renewable Energy Law in 2005. After four years of rapid expansion in China’s renewable energy sector, China passed amendments to the Renewable Energy Law on December 26, 2009. While it still remains to be seen what the exact impact of the amendments will be, the amendments illustrate China’s continued commitment to expanding its renewable energy supply and overcoming some of the existing barriers to achieving this objective.
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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media

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Zhang Shan: economic significance of climate negotiations has already surpassed World Trade negotiations (Google translation)
On January 31, the UNFCCC requested national governments announce whether or not they will associate with the Copenhagen Accord. Zhang Shan, an NGO observer to the COP15 talks in December of last year, offers a detailed analysis regarding the Copenhagen Accord in this opinion piece. Zhang asserts that signing the Accord will force the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) countries to accept unilateral concessions from developed countries; will perpetuate global criticism of China in the media; Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media

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The world focuses on Premier Wen Jiabao; after “overtime”, “Copenhagen Accord” released (Google translation)
The “Copenhagen Accord” agreed upon by the BASIC nations (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) and the USA reached some notable compromises after two weeks of emotional, high-pressure meetings. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media

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Xie Zhenhua: through statistics, monitoring, and verification, China will obtain its domestic reduction goals (Google translation)
After releasing a carbon-intensity reduction target of 40 – 45% from 2005 levels by 2020 last week, China has taken steps to repeatedly clarify that this is a voluntary target. Relying on the Kyoto Protocol and Bali Roadmap, the vice Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, Xie Zhenhua, reiterated that this reduction goal is only binding domestically, and that China, as a developing country, should not be held accountable in the international community to meet this voluntary reduction target—especially if developed nations do not agree to provide financial and technological support to developing countries in need. (Source: China Web)
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Recent Climate Change News in the Chinese Media


Energy technology must be utilized to create low-carbon economic development (Google translation)
The National Development and Reform Commission Energy Institute recently released a report detailing China’s low-carbon development path to 2050. Experts working on the report in China agree that innovation and development of green technology must become a priority for China’s plans to develop a sustainable, efficient economy. (Source: Economic Information Daily)
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Climate Change News from the Chinese Media


As the world gears up for the Copenhagen talks in December, we’ve expanded our environmental news coverage to also focus on what the Chinese media is saying about climate change.

The following is a selection of news articles and op-eds from the Chinese media.
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Climate Change News from the Chinese Media


As the world gears up for the Copenhagen talks in December, we’ve expanded our environmental news coverage to also focus on what the Chinese media is saying about climate change.

The following is a selection of news articles and op-eds from the Chinese media.

NPC Standing Committee passes climate change resolution (Google translation)
At the 10th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress last week, a resolution was released declaring the nation’s active commitment to addressing climate change. The resolution, which details the “principles” of China’s climate management as well as five practical measures to execute these goals, is the first time the Standing Committee has made a decision regarding climate change, signifying China’s commitment to take the global issue seriously. (Source: China News)
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Examining the U.S.-China Agreement for Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment

The U.S. and China, the world’s two largest global warming polluters, signed an agreement last week that recognizes the “very important role” that both countries have in combating climate change, and commits both countries to “respond vigorously” to the challenges of energy security, climate change and environmental protection through ambitious domestic action and international cooperation. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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