China’s Crazy Smog-Sucking Vacuum Tower is Actually Working

Studio Roosegaarde‘s smog-sucking vacuum tower is actually cleaning up the air in China. The Smog Free Tower has been installed in Beijing, a city notorious for its air pollution, and the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently announced the air around the tower is in fact 55 percent cleaner than …

China is Building a Giant Solar Plant at Chernobyl

A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which suffered a powerful explosion in 1986 that poisoned the surrounding area with nuclear radiation. “There will be …

Beijing Bans Highly Polluting Cars During Smog Alerts

Next year, Beijing will ban highly polluting old cars from being driven whenever air-quality alerts are issued in the city or neighbouring regions, according to its environmental protection bureau. China has adopted various measures over the years to reduce the smog shrouding many of the country’s northern cities in winter, …

China’s Grid-Connected Wind Power Capacity Increases

China’s grid-connected wind power capacity continued to pick up, but the utilization rate was waning after years of capacity expansion, the latest data from the National Energy Administration (NEA) showed. China’s total installed capacity of wind power generation facilities connected to the power grid reached 139 million kilowatts by the …

Climate-Friendly Transport in Chinese Cities

Traffic in China’s cities is steadily increasing. GIZ is advising the country on how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and make the transport sector more climate friendly. Climate change mitigation is a major challenge for China’s cities – particularly as automobile transport is increasing rapidly. 144 million cars have already …