US natural gas production 1990-2040
March 13, 2014
Ukraine and the Crimea are a long way from Asia and, quite understandably, most people and countries across the region are rather less concerned than Europeans and Americans over Russia’s actions. We live an interconnected world, however, and although the eventual outcome of the Ukrainian crisis remains uncertain, there’s one sure bet that should have the attention of energy and climate policy makers across Asia.
China may be back peddling on its ambitious plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution concerns bump climate change off the center stage and some developed nations also reconsider plans to tax greenhouse gas emissions, a top Chinese official said yesterday.
Dam Damage
March 11, 2014
It is the world’s most prevalent form of renewable energy, dwarfing all other categories put together and accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation in 2008, yet critics have been saying for years that big hydropower projects come at a steep cost to the environment. Now they have a robust economic cost-benefit analysis of the global hydropower industry to add more muscle to their anti-dam campaigns.
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
It’s a truism to say things can change quickly in China, especially when there’s a shift in the political winds. The proposal to introduce hourly updates on the concentration of all major air pollutants in Shanghai is a case in point.
China is expected to invest more than 5 trillion yuan (USD817 billion) in environmental protection during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), an environmental protection official said on Saturday.
The Chinese government has reiterated, albeit in a more powerful forum than previously, its vow to tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, Zhang Dejiang, the nation's top legislator said yesterday.
On-shore power for ships
March 10, 2014
The Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR Government has recently released the 2012 air pollutant emission inventory. Just as with the prior three years, ship emissions remain Hong Kong’s largest source of sulphur dioxide (SO2), respirable suspended particulates (RSP or PM10) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The contribution of ships to air pollution has prompted the Government to take action in cleaning up the shipping sector.
China has called on rich nations to contribute USD490 billion to developing economies to help them combat the effects of a changing climate, Bloomberg reported today.
A panel of six environmental experts has started bidding for Chinese governmental and private funding to help build a waste water treatment plant designed to showcase the best practice in the field and set the stage for further development as China struggles to improve its water treatment infrastructure.