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Jerry Brown goes to Russia – Climate change on the table Eastern Economic Forum

California Governor Jerry Brown will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, a Pacific port city located in the far Southeast corner of Russia near the borders of China and North Korea, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, local time. The purpose of his trip is to  “further expand California’s trans-Pacific collaboration to combat climate change,” according to a news […]

September 4th

Is China beginning a serious smog crack-down?

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection released a statement earlier today complaining that local governments haven’t been taking efforts to reduce air pollution seriously enough. These local officials, mostly at the county level and lower, have not shown “sufficient awareness of the importance, difficulty and urgency of air pollution prevention work.” By James Ayre  The statement comes […]

September 1st

China halts 150 gigawatts of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump

The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power generation capacity between 2016 and 2020 — the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan period. Xinhua reported on a statement released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which stated that “New capacity will […]

August 18th

China calls for 20% EVs by 2025. Car makers HOWL.

China’s plans for relatively aggressive electric vehicle sales quotas are unnerving some prominent foreign auto manufacturers. After selling a record 507,000 EVs in 2016, China wants to see 7 million on the roads by 2025. By James Ayre  In a letter addressed to China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei, a coalition of large […]

July 15th

California and China sign their own climate agreement. Sorry, Trump

California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week. He signed a climate agreement with Wan Gang, China’s minister of science and technology, committing both parties to work together to lower carbon emissions. He will be the keynote speaker at the Under2 Clean Energy Forum in Beijing on June 7, addressing  leaders from 170 countries, states, and cities […]

June 7th

Does Trump still believe climate change is a hoax? His staff don’t want to talk about it

While Donald Trump was pissing off Europeans a week ago, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said of his views on climate change: “He came here to learn. He came here to get smarter. His views are evolving, which is exactly as they should be.” By Meteor Blades That’s just about the funniest thing any insider has said […]

June 3rd

By dumping the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump hands world leadership to China

If the world can’t rely on the United States to be positively involved in the most existential crisis facing human society, when can the world rely on the USA? By Zachary Shahan  One of the first articles I published after the US presidential election in November was this one: “How China (+ Russia) Could Shift […]

June 2nd

China is eating our lunch on renewable energy. So is India.

Last year, in its annual evaluation of the 40 most attractive national markets for investments in renewable energy, the accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young assessed the United States as No. 1. But this year the U.S. slipped to No. 3 with China placing first, and India second. The reason: that climate science denier squatting in the White House. […]

May 16th