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China goes big on clean energy in latest Five-Year Plan

For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development. China also plans to cut energy and CO...

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Bleak outlook for coal as China befriends renewables

China’s transition towards a renewable energy future is picking up pace, as the country recorded an historic fall in coal consumption in 2015. After a drop of 2.9 per cent in 2014, coal use across fell another 3.7 per cent last year...

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Coal left out in the cold as China shifts to clean energy

While China suffers through the strongest cold stretch in three decades, partly due to record arctic warmth (source in Chinese), life is becoming colder still for the nation’s coal industry. In 2015 the industry suffered over 90 per...

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China throws weight behind “strong and binding” global climate deal

In a sign of the growing political support for climate action worldwide, China is calling for a “powerful, ambitious and legally binding deal” to be reached at the summit in Paris. China’s chief climate negotiator gave h...

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China’s renewables revolution remains the future, despite rise in reported coal use

While news that China had under-reported its coal use in the past few years hit the headlines this week, climate and energy experts have been quick to allay fears that it could be a bad sign for the upcoming UN climate talks. In fac...

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China’s blueprint goes green: draft economic plan favours renewables over coal

China is signalling a shift towards a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future this week, as it considers how to clean up its economy and tackle climate change. According to a communique (link in Chinese) released yesterday on ...

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Chinese coal firm cuts 100k jobs as market crash creates fossil “Lehman Bros”

Things have gone from dire to catastrophic for the global coal industry this week, with a global commodities market rout and the largest worker layoff in China’s history, once again demonstrating that coal’s destructive legacy remai...

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China reaping rewards of swapping economic engine from black to green

China’s economy may be slowing, but it has created more jobs than expected in the first half of 2015. As polluting industries and coal imports shrink notably, a significant share of the over 9.7 million new jobs is in low carbon sol...

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China under mounting public and economic pressure to cut coal faster

With a new report showing 1.6 million people are dying each year from air pollution-triggered heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and asthma, and environmental protests escalating, China is under increasing pressure to clean up its ...

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Momentum grows as China offers its climate plan

Hours ago, China added to the global momentum for climate action by delivering a bigger than expected offer to this year’s international negotiating process. China committed to peak its carbon dioxide emissions by around 2030 and ha...

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Clean energy transition helps China shortcut to emission peak

As leaders of the world’s major economies declared their intention to support a 100 per cent renewable transition overnight, news that China could deliver its pledged emission peak by 2025 – five years earlier than promised &#...

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Glacier collapse puts spotlight on China’s need to take ambitious action on climate change

With the world awaiting China’s official emissions reduction commitment (INDC), the collapse of a glacier in Xinjiang, which swallowed 1000 hectares of grassland, has put even more pressure on it to take swift and strong action. Chi...

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Chinese banks could be the “last straw” for doomed coal industry

The Chinese financial sector has been called upon to support air pollution control and the clean energy transition by cutting lending to coal-related industries. According to a new study released by People’s Bank of China Research I...

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China under pressure to clean up as it rivals US as world’s worst polluter

If China fails to accelerate its energy transition, it will soon overtake the United States as the leading cause of man-made global warming. According to Reuters, experts in Norway and the U.S. estimate that China’s cumulative...

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China sets record solar target to combat air pollution and climate change

With the sun now clearly setting on the age of coal, China is accelerating its energy transition with an ambitious solar development plan. On March 16, China’s energy regulator, the National Energy Administration (NEA), released its...

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Scientists: scrapping coal projects needed to protect Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government’s steadfast support for coal mining is looking increasingly foolhardy this week, with scientists warning that coal expansion is incompatible with a healthy Great Barrier Reef, and China’s declining appetite...

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Decline in China’s coal demand continues with increasing public demand for clean air

With new government figures showing China’s love affair with coal has come to an abrupt end, the future is looking grim for the world’s biggest coal mining companies. China’s coal use fell 2.9% last year, the first fall since ...

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Air pollution increases premature death risk in China, study warns

China government’s “war on pollution” appears to be working, with five more cities meeting air standards in 2014 than in 2013. However, while the cutting back on coal and cleaning up polluting industry is making an impact, a new ana...

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China’s coal mine ban: A preview of the “new normal” for growth

While the US and India sealed a deal this week to massively boost renewables, China has moved to ban new coal mines in its eastern regions just as its coal production nationwide has fallen for the first time since 2000. As China beg...

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China gives environmental groups the power to sue polluters

After “declaring war on pollution” last year, China is taking a series of measures to further regulate polluters with laws and market mechanisms. Shortly after its “toughest ever“ environmental law took effect last week, China grant...

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