China Environmental News Alert
Posted September 13, 2012
NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around the world on China and the environment.
September 7, 2012 – September 13, 2012
Global Times (September 13, 2012)
The private sector should be the main driving force for China's energy innovation, a leading Chinese energy expert said Wednesday, calling for the government to further loosen its grip on the energy industry, a sector that has long been a promising yet inaccessible area for private investment. "The government has no clear idea of its due role in pushing forward the country's energy industry," Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, told the Global Times Wednesday on the sidelines of the Summer Davos forum in Tianjin.
China Daily (September 13, 2012)
China's experience with renewable energy can be shared with and used by other developing countries, experts attending a UN-sponsored workshop on clean energy said Wednesday. The ninth International Summit on Solar and Wind Energy in West China opened Wednesday in Northwest China's city of Lanzhou, bringing together 150 experts from China, Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. "This year's conversations are focusing on the future of renewable energy in developing countries, as well as the promotion of sustainable industrial patterns," said Liang Dan, a senior advisor with UNIDO.
The Guardian (September 12, 2012)
European officials signaled on Tuesday that they may recommend the suspension of the continent's carbon emission fees for airlines to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the United States, allowing time to forge a global agreement on climate charges for the aviation industry. China and India have prohibited their airlines from participating in the European trading system (ETS) because it will require airlines that fly to and from Europe to buy permits for all the carbon they emit en route, a measure they say infringes on their sovereignty. Beijing has also blocked purchases of European aircraft by its carriers – prompting alarm from Europe's aircraft maker Airbus, which sees China as its fastest-growing market.
China Dialogue (September 12, 2012)
China’s solar PV industry is stuck in an expansion crisis from which it is hard to extricate itself. The industry is stuck in a serious case of overcapacity. It’s not a problem with the market, nor is it a problem with the government; it’s a problem with the companies themselves. Companies have been blindly expanding without paying attention to market demands, and that’s the problem. This has caused industry profits to slump, even to the extent that the companies are finding it hard to carry on.
China Post (September 12, 2012)
A rapidly worsening water shortage threatens to destabilize the planet and should be a top priority for the U.N. Security Council and world leaders, a panel of experts said in a report Monday. The world's diminishing water supply carries serious security, development and social risks, and could adversely affect global health, energy stores and food supplies, said the report titled “The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue.” The report found that water demand in the world's two most populous countries, India and China, will exceed supplies in less than two decades.
The Guardian Blog (September 11, 2012)
China was once known as the kingdom of bicycles, but these days the car is the image that best sums up the country's rapid economic development. The streets of Chinese cities which were once chock-a-block with graceful cyclists are now clogged with snarling traffic jams. But the bike has not been completely relegated to the rubbish bin of China's history.
Plastic News (September 11, 2012)
For years, China has shown an insatiable appetite of waste plastic imports. With low-cost labor sorting and lax regulatory controls, the recycling business thrived. But the government has been taking actions to rein in the industry, first by imposing policies last year to tighten up the control of import and trade of scrap materials, and now, by enacting a new regulation that bans improper recycling practices that may pollute the environment.
Global Times (September 10, 2012)
Starting early next month, Beijing will release new measurements of hazardous airborne pollutants known as PM 2.5, from eight newly-established and 27 upgraded monitoring stations scattered around the city, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its official Sina Weibo over the weekend. The eight new stations, of which five will be set along the second, third and fourth ring roads, and other major traffic arteries, will detect the emissions with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers, which can adversely affect human health, said the center. According to the Xinhua News Agency, research by environmental officials shows that more than 22 percent of the PM 2.5 in downtown is caused by vehicle exhaust.
The Nation (September 8, 2012)
It's not enough to have just one or two showcase species in a particular ecosystem, such as some pandas in China or some leopards in Africa. In order to survive, an ecosystem must have a complex web of animals and plants. When one looks at where animal parts, taken by poachers, wind up, it's usually China. Granted there are other destinations, mostly in Eastern Asia, but China is the 600lb Panda in the "end user" department. Chinese officialdom are making some efforts to try and stem the trade in endangered animal parts, but they could do more. There also needs to be a perception-adjustment among Chinese people.
China Dialogue (September 7, 2012)
Excessive and inappropriate use of fertilisers and pesticides is causing agricultural and rural pollution, as well as food safety problems. What’s more, Chinese agriculture has now become reliant on these chemicals. How bad is the overuse of fertiliser on Chinese fields? Figures from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ (CAAS) Soil and Fertiliser Institute show that in one-half of Chinese regions, average levels of nitrogen fertiliser use exceed the internationally accepted limit of 225kg per hectare. Alongside overuse there is misuse, which lowers uptakes rates – only 30% of the fertiliser China applied actually does any good, much lower than the 40% rates in Western nations.
(CENA prepared by Jack Marzulli)
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