Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Global carbon emissions soared 5.9 percent in 2010, the largest increase ever recorded, according to the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists that tracks carbon emissions.
The increase comes after a short-lived decline in emissions in 2008 and 2009 and is a sign that global (more…)
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
On 28 October Air China conducted its first trial flight of a passenger jet powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel.
The Jet A-1 biofuel kerosene used in the flight was derived from the seeds of tung trees, more commonly known as jatropha. (more…)
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure — including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies — by 2020, a strategy experts say could significantly improve the nation’s energy efficiency and cement a dominant position in the smart grid market. (more…)
Friday, October 14th, 2011
Israel Electric Corp. has signed contracts to build a $1.3 billion 240 megawatt solar energy project in China.
The facility, to be situated in northern China, will consist of three photovoltaic solar energy arrays. Israel Electric Corp. will not invest equity in the project. (more…)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Is China and its rare earth supply restrictions actually doing cleantech a favor?
On the one hand, limiting the supply of these metals, which are used in the manufacture of many clean technologies, clearly isn’t great for the growth of the low carbon economy.
Swiss-based VC firm Mountain Cleantech says it’s a (more…)
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
A new study says the explosive growth in China’s construction sector is now driving the country’s steep increase in carbon emissions, reversing a long-term trend in which consumption and exports were the dominant factors.
According to the study, published in journal (more…)
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
With the emergence of China as the globe’s cleantech powerhouse (see Why China has already overtaken the U.S. in cleantech), it’s become fashionable for cleantech companies with products to sell to target China seeking large purchase orders.
What’s not been so popular is to go to China seeking (more…)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
A family trip recently brought me back to China for a few weeks. I was in a small provincial capital — quieter than Beijing or Shanghai and the kind of place that has seen explosive population growth in the past ten years.
I spent some time this trip trying to understand the (more…)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
The carbon footprint for the average Chinese individual is quickly approaching levels common in the world’s industrialized nations and, if current trends continue, could match or exceed U.S. levels by 2017, a new report says.
Since 1990, CO2 emissions in China have increased (more…)
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Levels of nitrogen in the East China Sea, Yellow Sea, and Sea of Japan have risen sharply over the last 30 years because of growing industrial and agricultural pollution, according to a new study in the journal Science.
Analyzing data from the 1980s to the present, (more…)