Whilst China can be praised on the one hand for making such improvements as this one (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/12/silence-shenzhen-world-first-electric-bus-fleet) in the city of Shenzhen, it can be criticised on the other for increasing its funding of coal-fired power stations outside its own borders (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/china-is-massively-betting-on-coal-outside-its-shores–even-as-investment-falls-globally.html)
Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health. Air pollution and global warming are two of the most serious.
And the EPA is tacitly supporting Trump’s “I dig coal” policies by rolling back emission standards on coal plants. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist before taking up his current role, recently announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows.
CNN’s team of meteorologists debunk common climate change myths spread by some politicians and pundits.
US youth not overly impressed with the US’s promotion of coal…
Daytime traffic amid smog in Beijing on Sunday. China produces 27 percent of global carbon emissions, the most of any country. Credit –Wu Hong/EPA, via Shutterstock
From Friday, only vehicles producing zero emissions will be allowed to drive freely in downtown Madrid – making it a pollution pioneer in Europe.
This is a hugely significant step forward and will perhaps be emanated by other European capitals.