Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018

Daytime traffic amid smog in Beijing on Sunday. China produces 27 percent of global carbon emissions, the most of any countryCredit –Wu Hong/EPA, via Shutterstock

China’s Solar Boom Boosts Clean Energy Funding Near Record

  • Investment worldwide rose 3% to $333.5 billion, BNEF says
  • The U.S. invested $57 billion, making it the world’s second-biggest backer of renewables

China’s insatiable appetite for solar power led to a surprise increase in global clean-energy investment last year even as U.S. President Donald Trump pushed to undermine pollution rules and curbs on coal.

 About $333.5 billion poured into renewable energy and cutting-edge power technologies, up 3 percent from 2016 and 7 percent short of the record set in 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Almost half went to solar projects, and China’s investment accounted for 40 percent of the total.
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Reality Check: Is Beijing’s air quality better this winter? / 现实检查:北京今年冬天空气质量好吗?

People in face masks walk through a smoggy Beijing street

The claim: The Chinese government says that Beijing’s air quality improved sharply in the winter of 2017.

Reality Check verdict: The air quality this winter has been better – but whether or not this is sustainable in the long term is still unclear.

Beijing is infamous for its pollution – and normally the onset of winter sees it choked in an even thicker smog than usual, as the heating is switched on across the Chinese capital.

But at the end of 2017, the opposite seems to have happened – the government said the air quality actually improved. A recent article on the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s website even heralded “a new reality” for Beijing residents.

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Home of ‘biggest indoor rainforest’ to create oasis in Chinese city / 在“中国最大的室内雨林之乡”创造绿洲

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Why China doesn’t want your waste anymore

The UK sends large amounts of waste plastic and paper to China every year.

But a new ban, ordered by the Beijing government, is about to stop most of that – and it could have a significant impact on recycling in the UK.

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The Chinese blockage in the global waste disposal system

Waste piling up in Hong Kong

Imagine the world as a global waste disposal system. Now imagine it with a blockage.

And what if that waste is backing up around the world, reappearing in places where you really don’t want it to be.

That blockage is about to happen in China and the flood is going to start seeping out into waste disposal operations around the world.

Three months ago, China decided to ban 24 different grades of rubbish as part of its “National Sword” campaign against foreign garbage.

Until now China has been importing millions of tonnes of the world’s waste every year to feed its recycling industry.

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