5 Ways China Is Becoming the Global Leader on Climate Change

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt called the Paris agreement a “bad deal.” He claimed China has made no significant efforts to curb carbon pollution, while the U.S. has sacrificed jobs to meet the terms of the pact. The facts don’t support Pruitt’s claim. While …

Changing Weather Patterns Are Trapping Pollution over Chinese Cities

While China has become a world leader in the fight against global warming, its severe winter air pollution has worsened, likely as a result of changing atmospheric circulation caused by climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. While emissions are decreasing in China, the …

China’s Premier Unveils Smog-Busting Plan to ‘Make Skies Blue Again’

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has promised to step up his country’s battle against deadly smog, telling an annual political congress: “We will make our skies blue again.” China’s cities have become synonymous with choking air pollution in recent years, which is blamed for up to 1 million premature deaths …

European Smog Could Be 27 Times More Toxic than Air Pollution in China

Much of the air pollution in China comes from natural sources, rather than the burning of fossil fuels that makes up most of the problem in the West. Smog in Europe and North America could be more than 25 times more lethal than the average air pollution found in Chinese …

Reports: Beijing Sets New Goal to Slash Coal Use 30 Per Cent this Year

China’s war on smog has stepped up another gear with reports suggesting Beijing is planning to cut coal use by a further 30 per cent across the capital this year. The official Xinhua news agency reported over the weekend that the city’s mayor, Cai Qi, is to launch a new …

Beijing Creates Anti-Smog Police to Tackle Air Polluters

Beijing will create an environmental police force aimed at tackling deadly smog, after the Chinese capital spent the first week of 2017 mostly shrouded in a thick haze of pollution. The new law enforcement outfit will patrol the streets, eyes peeled for open-air barbecues, trash burning and dusty roads that …

China to Invest £292bn in Renewable Power by 2020

China will plough 2.5tn yuan (£292bn) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency has said, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels. The investment will create more than 13m jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration …