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Monday, January 09, 2012

China’s Long March Towards Better Environmental Conditions

Given its burgeoning economic growth, its rapidly expanding industries, large population, and growing consumer class, many in the environmental field have an intense interest in how China will address its environmental problems. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Will China’s Panda Market be a Bear or a Bull for International Carbon Linking?

The Ring of Fire around the Pacific Rim is ablaze with the new carbon trading schemes, and investors worldwide are taking note of these developments.


Friday, December 09, 2011

Bridging Gaps in Durban: What Can China do?

One of the most persistent themes at the climate negotiations in Durban has been how to bridge gaps -- the divide between the developed and developing nations, many of whom disagree about whether the Kyoto Protocol should be extended into a second commitment period; the hole in climate finance pledges from developed countries; and the ambition or emissions gap between the Copenhagen pledges and the stabilization of global temperatures below a 2 degrees Celsius increase from pre-industrial levels. We had a chance to discuss some of these issues with Chinese energy expert Jiang Kejun, Energy Research Institute, NDRC. The following post is republished from China FAQs: The Network for Climate and Energy Information.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Propelling the Durban climate talks - China announces willingness to consider legally binding commit

When China launched its first official pavilion at a UN climate conference, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat Cristiana Figueres was there alongside China’s NDRC Vice Minister Xie Zhenhua to cut the ribbon. Swarmed by journalists in the standing-room only conference center of the China pavilion in Durban, Figueres applauded China for being a “trend-setter” in global renewable energy, resonating around the world and during the first week of climate negotiations in Durban. The following post is republished from China FAQs: The Network for Climate and Energy Information.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Chinese experts discuss absolute emissions limits in Durban

The idea of a total cap on energy consumption in China, first suggested last March before the National People’s Congress, has reemerged in Durban -- and surprisingly there are now suggestions that China might consider some kind of a cap on carbon emissions. This has been suggested apparently as part of domestic policy rather than as a negotiating position, but details are very sketchy. This post is republished from China FAQs: The Network for Climate and Energy Information.


ChinaFAQs expert Angel Hsu and her colleagues from the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy team up with Columbia University, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning and City University of Hong Kong for this report to help guide effective pollution control and natural resource management.

To improve its environmental standing both domestically and on the international stage, experts say it's time China adopted a new policy approach.

Dan Esty and P.J. Simmons, co-authors of The Green to Gold Business Playbook, spoke with Wayne Hurlbert about developing and implementing corporate sustainability strategies on BlogTalkRadio.
Beginning this week, diplomats and political leaders from around the world have gathered for yet another round of high-level talks on the problem of global climate change. Expectations for the event could hardly be lower, even though the need for action has never been more obvious or urgent.
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's keynote address at the second International Greentech and Ecoproducts Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2011) on Sept 8, urging the business community to be more involved in green business, recalls two anecdotes related by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston in their book Green to Gold.
The last decade has seen some transitions in the Republic of Korea's energy sector, including a partial restructuring of the electricity sector, expanded investment in oil and gas producer nations, and a drive to export nuclear technologies. In August 2008, President Lee Myung-bak announced “low carbon green growth” as a “new national development paradigm” in his speech on the 60th anniversary of national independence.  The years since that announcement have seen the development, and the very early phases of implementation, of green growth principles in South Korea, and of policies related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Packaging is too often a manifestation of excess and waste. All that extra cushioning. All of those individually wrapped parts. Not to mention packaging that is not easily recycled. Product manuals and accessories that are often just thrown away. Cisco's promising packaging diet was highlighted in The Green To Gold Business Playbook. Since the easy part is often in the early stages with many diets, I wanted to learn how Cisco was doing over the long-term. Glenn Nomi, Cisco's program manager of green technologies and Oleg Kolosov, manager of Cisco's packaging team, met with me and provided an update.

Today’s global sovereign debt crisis is keeping a lot of government and business leaders up at night. But another global debt crisis is brewing that, while invisible to most CFOs and finance ministers, threatens to unleash long-term economic hardships that make today’s recessionary worries seem trivial.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, along with World Resources Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, launched its first annual webinar series with a presentation by Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director at NRDC.

First Independent Review of Provincial-level Environmental Data in China

A team of researchers jointly led by Yale University and Columbia University released a report that introduces a framework for assessing China’s environmental management and performance. This analysis offers the first independent review of Chinese provincial-level environmental performance by international researchers.

Upcoming Events

Climate Policy in Canada: (Snow)Boots on the Ground

Wednesday, January 18 | 12:00PM
Join us Wednesday, January 18, for a conversation on Canadian climate policy with Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu.
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Reinventing Fire: A Conversation with Amory Lovins

Wednesday, February 15 | 04:00PM
Join us Wednesday, February 15, for a conversation with Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
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[Re]Claiming Accountability: A New Directions in Environmental Law Conference

Saturday, February 25 | 08:00AM
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board
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