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Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

  A state-owned Chinese oil major has been caught violating provincial and local environmental laws. The size of the fine incurred however, points to evidence that these mega energy companies still have more sway within the country than local laws and government officials tasked to enforce those laws. Late last week, Chinese media reported that… Keep reading →

China Daily Life - Pollution

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change. Temperature rises in China had already been higher than the… Keep reading →

RUSSIA-ECONOMY-PUTIN

    Three sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said last week that the much touted Power of Siberia (POS) natural gas pipeline to be built by Russian gas giant Gazprom and earmarked to bring natural gas from two new fields in Russia to China could be delayed. The sources said that the pipeline could… Keep reading →

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

The International Energy announced on Friday  that while the world economy grew there was no increase in CO2 emissions in 2014. “This was “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn,” said the agency. Indeed,… Keep reading →

China Plans New Energy Strategy

The crude oil price plunge of more than 50% since last June has proved a mixed blessing for global economies. It has cut deep into the coffers of oil producing nations while providing much needed relief for oil and natural gas import dependent countries. China, the world’s second largest oil importer, is also taking advantage… Keep reading →

Chinese Labourers Work At Lunnan Oilfield In Xinjiang

Countries across the globe like to talk a big game about developing their domestic shale oil and gas resources and sometimes utter lofty expectations of energy independence. Progress, however, has been very slow. The following map by the World Resources Institute (WRI) illustrates locations of the 20 countries with the largest shale gas and tight… Keep reading →

Beijing Enveloped In Heavy Smog

Two Chinese entrepreneurs became billionaires earlier this week when their companies rose exponentially on the prospect of new pollution laws after a Chinese documentary similar to “An Inconvenient Truth”. “Zhang Kaiyuan, chairman of Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech Co., has a net worth of $1.1 billion, while Ao Xiaoqiang, chairman of Beijing SDL Technology Co.,… Keep reading →

Air Pollution Attacks Beijing Again

It’s unusual when a documentary film on air pollution becomes a blockbuster hit, but that’s exactly what’s happened with “Under the Dome,” a film produced about energy and environmental issues in China. Released online on Saturday, the 100-minute film has already racked up more than 150 million views on Youku, China’s YouTube equivalent. That’s equal to… Keep reading →

Senate Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor, said in a recent op-ed that President Obama should use the Keystone XL pipeline as a bargaining chip in negotiating a broader climate deal with Canada. Canada is one of the USA’s most important allies and trading partners and most policy frameworks are closely aligned. But Canada is considered… Keep reading →

Center For American Progress Hosts 10th Anniversary Conference

John Podesta, Counselor to the President, who oversees climate change and energy policy for the administration is departing the White House and will now be a top adviser to presumed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He discussed the administration’s efforts on climate policy in an interview with the Washington Post. “I think we’ve done a very,… Keep reading →

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