Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Fighting China’s Smog Comes With A Price.

Monday, January 27, 2014 2:40 No Comments

When the first “Airpocalypse” descended last year, I was asked by a member of the media what could be done to “solve” the crisis. A loaded question no doubt, but in thinking about the fact that China’s economy will double by 2025, and its energy package will need to be 400% of today’s, there was […]

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Capturing China’s Carbon

Monday, December 2, 2013 4:39 3 Comments

As the Chinese come to grips with the tangible realities of energy, and its emissions, there are a number of interesting pilots that are going on in China to capture emissions and do something useful with them. And while I am not a huge fan of solutions that do not address the underlying failures, at […]

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Thorium to Power Chinese Cities, Economies, and Cars

Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:54 No Comments

Refocusing for a minute on the energy issue again, one of the more interesting presentations I came across earlier in the year was of Jiang Zimin’s son presenting China’s case for Thorium at a recent conference. A source of “clean” energy that is rarely mentioned, as compared to solar, wind, etc, Thorium has been receiving […]

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Sustained Exposure to Air Pollutants Proven to REDUCE Life Expectency in China

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 20:48 No Comments

As you may have noticed, there is a bit of a theme around air pollution in China lately.  For me, it is an issue that I view as CHINA wide, which is to say that you will not catch my taking selfies out of a window in Beijing and framing the issue on that level, […]

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Lung Cancer Rates in Beijing up 50%. Breathing Blamed

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 21:06 No Comments

This morning’s article from the Telegraph (Lung cancer rates in Beijing are up by 50 PER CENT (but officials claim it’s due to smoking NOT the smog), leads with some very sobering bullet points about the crisis that is air quality in China. Lung cancer rates in China’s capital have doubled in a decade Officials […]

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China’s Economy, Urbanization, and Smog

Sunday, January 27, 2013 13:17 No Comments

Last week Fons Tuinstra and I spent 30 minutes speaking about the issues that China is facing with smog.  More than an isolated incident that is contained in Beijing, and due to a number of systems that are running inefficiently, the conversation focused less on cleaning up energy supplies or taking cars off the roads, […]

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Why Beijing’s Smog Will Only Grow Worse (For Now)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:02 3 Comments

This week’s smog may have been the ‘Worst’ smog ever to hit Beijing, but if China’s continues to follow its dream to become the world’s largest economy, it is only going to grow worse. It will grow worse because when China looks to double its economy it going to require roughly 350% more energy.  Energy […]

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Reducing China’s Air Pollution. One Monitoring Station at a Time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:46 2 Comments

In what may be one of the lasting victories for China’s nascent NIMBY movement, a couple of articles this week highlighted the fact that the number of cities to be monitored for PM2.5 air pollution will rise to 74 this year.. and 115 by 2015 Chinese city publishes vital pollution data – are other reforms […]

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