U.S. and China to lead push on climate change at G20 summit [Business Insider]

As G20 fast approaches, the world’s two biggest polluters are offering high hopes for the December 2015 Paris agreement. The two nations are expected to jointly announce their commitment to the climate agreement prior to G20 and will take the lead in pushing the world’s wealthiest nations to follow suit. This alone isn’t enough, however: current commitments won’t be sufficient to keep us from hurtling past the 2 degrees mark that would spell disaster for the planet.

Also: China, US set to release review of each other’s fossil fuel subsidies in historic move at G20 summit

Chinese people want renewable energy more than anyone, but nobody’s selling it to them [Quartz]

A survey of 3,000 people across 10 Chinese cities shows that Chinese people overwhelming support renewable energy and over 90% are willing to pay more for than they currently do for green power. The only problem is access, as businesses that sell green energy directly to consumers are unable to operate in the country.

Changzhou toxic school ruled safe by government investigation, but doubts remain [NY Times]

A government investigation of China’s ‘toxic’ school suspected to have caused serious illness to almost 500 pupils has ruled the site environmentally safe. However, the somewhat undetailed results of the survey haven’t convinced the public and the families of the children who fell ill.

Air pollution is making China’s cities unbearably hot [Quartz]

Besides causing illness, death and premature aging, we now have air pollution to thank for trapping heat in our cities and making them hotter.

...and from Greenpeace UK…

G20: China ‘green bonds’ funnel money to coal projects [Energydesk]

China is going big on its green finance initiative: so far this year USD 15 billion has been issued in green bonds and the figure is expected to double by the end of 2016. The problem is, it’s not so green, at least in comparison to global green finance standards. Green bonds in China have been used to fund so-called ‘clean coal’ projects- using ultra-low emissions technology to revamp old coal-fired power plants rather than retiring them. Still carbon emitting and still far from climate friendly.