Asia goes nuclear

Japan has begun restarting nuclear plants that have been idle since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledging to get at least…Continue readingAsia goes nuclear

Hotter, Longer and More Widespread Heat Waves Scorch China

More than 900 million Chinese, about 65% of the population, are living under some kind of heat warning. Temperatures have reached, or exceeded, the highs…Continue readingHotter, Longer and More Widespread Heat Waves Scorch China

A year on, China’s CO₂ market fails to drive big emission cuts

China’s year-old carbon market has given more than 2,000 power plants a taste of emissions trading, but design flaws and data fraud have meant limited…Continue readingA year on, China’s CO₂ market fails to drive big emission cuts

China speeding up approvals for new coal plants

In the first quarter of 2022, Chinese regulators gave the green light to coal plants with a total capacity of 8.63 gigawatts. That is nearly…Continue readingChina speeding up approvals for new coal plants

Mongolia says Russia-China gas pipeline will break ground in 2024

Mongolia expects Russia to begin construction of the “Power of Siberia 2” gas pipeline through its territory to China within two years, as Moscow moves…Continue readingMongolia says Russia-China gas pipeline will break ground in 2024

Heatwaves in the US, China and Spain

United States: In Texas, temperatures hit triple digits Fahrenheit over the weekend, with some places breaking century-old records. On Saturday, Waco reached 108˚F (42˚C), smashing…Continue readingHeatwaves in the US, China and Spain

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in southern China, according to state media, amid floods and landslides triggered by the…Continue readingHundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Global coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

“China’s influence on coal markets is difficult to overstate”, says the International Energy Agency’s Coal 2021 report, which was published in mid-December China’s overall coal…Continue readingGlobal coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

After two years of delays, governments had been scheduled to meet in Kunming, China, for COP15 in late April to negotiate this decade’s targets to…Continue reading‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

With coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

Chinese leaders pledged ahead of climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, last November to peak national emissions before 2030 and stop building coal power plants abroad.…Continue readingWith coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

China doubles down on coal

China is in the throes of a building boom to jump start its economy. The government of President Xi Jinping has “scrambled in recent months…Continue readingChina doubles down on coal

Death of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

The Mekong dolphin population has long been IUCN red-listed as Critically Endangered. The last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool on the Cambodia-Laos border…Continue readingDeath of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

Chinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

China will help its coal-fired power plants run at full capacity, the government has announced, raising further alarm about the fate of Beijing’s climate pledges.…Continue readingChinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

The great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

From the U.S. to China, in Europe, India and Japan, fossil fuels are staging a comeback, clean energy stocks are taking a hammering, and the…Continue readingThe great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

China’s coal production reached record levels last year as the state encouraged miners to ramp up their fossil fuel output to safeguard the country’s energy…Continue readingChina’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

China fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

China, under fire for approving new coal power stations as other countries try to curb greenhouse gases, has completed the first 1,000-megawatt unit of the…Continue readingChina fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

Floods in China

Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, recorded rainfall of 185mm, about seven times the pre-2010 average for October. Shanxi is a land-locked province SW of Beijing.…Continue readingFloods in China

China’s pledge on overseas coal — by the numbers

China’s promise to stop financing coal power abroad is a positive step, but researchers say the emissions savings pale in comparison to those from its…Continue readingChina’s pledge on overseas coal — by the numbers

Flooding in China kills 21, as thousands escape to shelters

Friday August 12: The heavy rainfall, expected to continue through Friday night, has brought about 20 inches (510mm) of rain to areas of Hubei since…Continue readingFlooding in China kills 21, as thousands escape to shelters

Death toll rises and thousands flee homes as floods hit China

A year’s worth of rain – 640mm – fell in just three days.Continue readingDeath toll rises and thousands flee homes as floods hit China

China’s sea-level rise raises threat to economic hubs to extreme

Continue readingChina’s sea-level rise raises threat to economic hubs to extreme