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5 reasons why coal is on the way out

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 2017-10-25

While some politicians  -  ahem, Trump!  - are trying to prop up the fossil fuel industry, there’s been a quiet revolution happening around the world. People are ditching coal - the main global energy source since 2003 - like never...

Friday Five: China's 'burning problem' and coal takes another hit

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-02-24

Friday news roundup highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week. Burning problem of China’s trash [NPR] The world’s most populous country generates 520,000 tons of trash every single day, and that...

How coal is sucking the life out of the Kuye River Basin

Blog entry by Qi Meng | 2016-03-22

The Kuye River Basin in Northern China is already suffering from severe water stress. So why is the development of water-intensive coal power continuing to be permitted there? Walking into Wuchengong Village it’s hard to believe...

Friday Five: Beijing Smog and Big Tech

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-01-15

Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week: Meet the companies cashing in on china’s pollution crisis [Global Risk Insights] China’s out of control smog problem is fast becoming viewed as a business...

Searching for Everyday Blue: An Opportunity Missed

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2015-09-02

As Beijing experiences the glory of a double, back-to-back round of temporary blue skies – “Athletics World Championship Blue” and “Parade Blue” – the Chinese government has revised the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the...

Clean air doesn't come to those who wait

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2015-01-22

"One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual," said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air outside in Beijing was a thick, soupy grey.

Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new records

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2014-10-11 2 comments

Usually it's only locals that have to suffer through Beijing's notorious air pollution. But as records in air quality are smashed, celebrities and sport stars in town this week are forced to power through as well.  Mariah Carey, top...

7 reasons to claim water for life, not for coal

Blog entry by Helena Meresman | 2014-09-03

Safe, affordable and accessible water is one of our planet's scarcest natural resources. Many people don't have access to fresh water for sanitation, agriculture, or even to drink. Yet, global water consumption by the power sector...

Exposed: Coal mining at the source of China's Yellow River

Blog entry by Christine Ottery | 2014-08-27

An investigation by Greenpeace China has revealed opencast coal mining is taking place on a remote alpine plateau in the foothills of China’s Quilian mountains. As Beijing moves to ban the use or sale of coal to limit air...

China’s coal use might just have dropped first time this century - what’s going on?

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 2014-08-07

China’s coal use doubled in the past 10 years, causing more than half of rapid global CO2 growth over the period, bringing the country’s per capita emissions at par with the EU and culminating in the current air pollution crisis. As...

Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 2014-08-05

It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified. The arrests...

Why China's environment ministry should say no to coal gasification

Blog entry by Li Yan | 2014-04-15

This was originally posted on China Dialogue, 18 March 2014. Vice environment minister Wu Xiaoqing has said more clean and renewable energy needs to be made available in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei triangle in order to reduce smog,...

Air, water, and climate – the triple whammy that ends China’s coal boom

Blog entry by Li Shuo and Kaisa Kosonen | 2014-04-11

This week, Beijing’s air pollution is way above safe levels again, the world’s largest coal company has been forced to change its water strategy , and the UN panel looking at options to act against climate change is expected to...

How China's coal caps mean it may be doing more to tackle climate change than the EU...

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2014-04-10

Despite China's growing coal consumption, is it doing more to tackle climate change than the US and EU? A new analysis into the impact of its recently announced coal caps suggests it may - at least by some measures. The latest...

How China's coal control measures could help avoid catastrophic climate change in...

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2014-04-10

China’s coal control measures, driven by severe air pollution across the country, could help the world avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a new analysis . The UN IPCC’s third working group, meeting in Berlin this week,...

Why the world's biggest coal company has backed down

Blog entry by Deng Ping and Harri Lammi | 2014-04-08

Last year, Greenpeace decided to do something we had never done before during our 13 years of work in China: target and confront a state owned coal company. And not just any company. The biggest and boldest, a Chinese government...

Want to reduce China's smog? The answer lies in controlling coal use

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2014-03-15

More than 10 percent of China's land area has been shrouded in thick smog in recent days, with the level of PM2.5 (particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less and very harmful to humans) frequently exceeding danger...

The growth of China's coal demand is drying up

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2014-03-07

With new policies on air pollution and the economy, China’s coal consumption has been projected to cool down for a while, and the first evidence of the trend is starting to show up in statistics. Recent ambitious policy announcements...

Coal Cap: Walk the Talk

Feature Story | 2014-03-06 at 21:00

China’s coal consumption growth has been the dominant factor in global CO2 emission growth over the past decade, contributing over half of the increase from 2002 to 2012. The expected major slowdown in China’s coal consumption growth opens up a...

China's coal to gas plans: old wine in new bottles

Blog entry by Justin Guay and Li Shuo | 2014-01-19

The Chinese coal industry has a plan to solve the nations air pollution crisis -- consume more coal. Last week the Chinese chief energy planning agency, the National Energy Administration (NEA) concluded its annual work session with a...

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