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China’s Wind Power: Renewable Revolution or Just Hot Air?

All too common a sight in China, 20,000 MW of wind turbines stand idle despite persistent 35 mph winds. Installations at Jiu Quan, one of six Chinese wind power megaprojects, are estimated to have cost US$17.5 billion alone. Yet despite these massive financial outlays, technology, infrastructure, and planning roadblocks are hamstringing China’s renewables revolution. As … Continue Reading ››

Changing Climate, Changing China

What does China’s climate commitment mean for the world? Within the last year, the world has made pivotal commitments toward greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation. The international community has agreed on both Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 and emissions reduction goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change … Continue Reading ››

Five Minutes at the COP21: Climate and Cities with Boping Chen

Join us as we sit with Boping Chen from World Future Council to discuss the importance of cities in the latest climate negotiations. Boping explains what is different about this year's UNFCCC Conference of Parties, what challenges negotiators are facing, and what she hopes to see in the final text.

China Plans to Play Vital Role at Paris Climate Talks

Paris is, again, attracting the world’s attention. But this time, it’s not because of terrorist-triggered tragedy, but because of hope—a hope to set the planet’s path for the future and to save ourselves from the devastating consequences of climate change. The 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change … Continue Reading ››

Gobitec: Connecting Northeast Asia to Renewables

The first initiative of its kind in Asia, Gobitec is a novel effort to tackle energy security through expanded renewable energy development and regional cooperation in one of the most energy-consuming parts of the world. The project aims to harness solar and wind power from the Gobi Desert and to distribute it to Northeast Asian … Continue Reading ››

Reestablished China-Brazil beef trade means more than cheap churrasco

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On the Brazilian leg of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Latin America tour that also included visits to Colombia, Chile and Peru, Brazil’s environment ministry announced that a three-year ban on beef exports to China would be imminently lifted. Nine industrial beef producers have now been approved to supply the Chinese market after the formal cancellation of the ban, in place since 2012 because of a single reported case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease). The approval of more Brazilian beef plants is expected to follow.

Financing Climate-Conscious Investments in Latin America, Post-Lima

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015. Building on the Lima Call for Climate Action, these summits have the important objective of creating functional and market-based mechanisms to achieve … Continue Reading ››

Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report.
Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that … Continue Reading ››

Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report by guest contributor Joel Stronberg.
According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher … Continue Reading ››

Has China’s Economic Shift Really Ended the Commodity Super-cycle?

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online trend "Commodity Prices Kept Slowing in 2013 but Still Strong Overall" The most recent economic “super-cycle,” a decades-long trend of rising commodity prices, has been influenced by the surging growth of China since the … Continue Reading ››