For China’s Massive Data Centers, A Push to Cut Energy and Water Use

China’s 1.37 billion people, many of them fully connected to the internet, use an enormous amount of energy as they email, search the Web, or stream video. Indeed, the Chinese…

Facing Grid Constraints, China Puts a Chill on New Wind Energy Projects

HONG KONG—The Chinese government has halted the expansion of wind power in its northern provinces where a large number of turbines are churning out power that’s being wasted. The move…

China’s Small Factories Join Low-carbon Fight

ZHANGJIAGANG, China—On a recent winter morning, Lu Shuhang, a senior executive of a textile mill here in this port city near Shanghai, went on the hunt for an invisible enemy.…

China, with too much power, keeps approving coal plants

HONG KONG — With its slowest economic growth in a quarter-century and rising desire for clean energy, it is no surprise that China’s demand for coal has fallen far behind…

Falling Pollution From China Could Hasten Peak Carbon

HONG KONG—China posted its slowest growth in a quarter-century in 2015, official data showed Tuesday, confirming a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that stands to worry economists…

China Struggles to Use Wind Power to Avert Toxic, ‘Red Alert’ Smog

HONG KONG — Last year, when her relatives came to visit Beijing, Wang Yuefei took them to photograph the Bird’s Nest, a stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and…

China approves 4 reactors in a single day

HONG KONG — China’s nuclear power sector, once felt to be weakened after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, has regained its expansive mood. Yesterday, the State Council, or China’s Cabinet, gave a…

To Ease Trade Problems, Chinese Solar Companies Move Production Abroad

HONG KONG — With the dominating role of Chinese factories in the global solar supply chain, the label “Made in China” has adorned the majority of solar panels installed in…

China’s biggest carmaker will pour $3B into electric vehicle production

HONG KONG — China’s largest automaker, SAIC Motor, has unveiled a multibillion-dollar investment plan in green car production and pledged to build hundreds of thousands of charging points, signaling the…

Why Wealthy Singapore Resists Tough Domestic Climate Action

SINGAPORE — This is a rich island nation, and despite pressures to help combat climate change, it fully intends to stay that way. Standing on the peak of Jurong Hill,…

As China’s Energy Growth Slows, Coal-fired Power Blocks More Wind, Solar And Hydro

HONG KONG — China has made a big bet on renewable energy installation to wean the country off dirty fossil fuels and to meet its emission targets, but the latest…

Deadly Typhoon Smashes Into China After Damaging Taiwan

HONG KONG — A powerful typhoon hit China this weekend, killing over a dozen and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate. Typhoon Soudelor — named after a legendary…

China Bets on ‘Sponge Cities’ to Cope With Flooding and Drought

SHENZHEN, China — The plaza outside Shenzhen’s Mass Sports Center looks like any you can find in Chinese cities. But if you look closely, you can still see a critical…

Who Has Planted the Most Carbon-storing Trees? China’s ‘Green Great Wall’ Takes the Prize

HONG KONG — After improving energy efficiency, piloting emissions trading and ramping up renewable energy expansion, China has also been moving on another frontier needed to help ease global warming.…

How China’s Thirst for Clean Drinking Water May Raise Its CO2 Emissions

HONG KONG — China has long been accused of using too much water to produce energy, but now some of its coastal cities are compounding this problem by planning for…

What Happens in a Coal Boomtown as China Heads Toward ‘Peak Coal’?

YULIN, China — The streets of this northwestern Chinese city were once packed with Ferraris, BMWs and other luxury cars. Now, they are all gone. Average housing prices here have…

Chinese Companies Plunge Into Coal-to-liquids Business, Despite Water and CO2 Problems

YULIN, China — At about 8:30 on a chilly winter morning, a factory outside this desert city is already getting busy. Its five-story office building is almost fully occupied. Trucks…

Chinese Developers Get Active Building Passive Energy Homes

QINHUANGDAO, China — In 2009, Wang Zhen, a property developer in this northeastern Chinese city, made a risky decision. If it were proved wrong, Wang would lose millions of dollars…

China Spawns Homegrown Climate Activists Who Hurry to ‘Get Involved’

BEIJING — Growing up in a family of bankers, Wang Tianju thought he would follow in his family’s footsteps and work in the finance sector, until he watched a movie…

The Art of the Deal: Selling Loggers on Tree-saving Practices that Make Money

SUNGAI NGIHIS, Indonesia — In 2009, Bambang Wahyudi, a new recruit of the Nature Conservancy, solved a puzzle that made many conservationists scratch their heads: how to get timber producers…

Can Environmental Groups and Loggers Work to Limit the Destruction of Tropical Forests?

SUNGAI NGIHIS, Indonesia — At dawn, Peter Ellis leads a group of environmentalists heading into the tropical forests near this remote village on the island of Borneo. They drive for…

Poor Installation, Grid Constraints and Defective Panels Plague China’s Huge Solar Program

China has bet on solar energy as a cleaner alternative to coal, but whether installed solar panels can meet the country’s need for energy is becoming a troubling question. China…

Smog and the Lack of a Business Model Make China’s Urban Solar Energy Outlook Murky

With a goal to demonstrate the use of renewable energy, Greenpeace was giving some serious thought to installing solar panels on their building’s rooftop when the environmental group rented a…

China’s Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan Rolls Down a Long, Bumpy Runway

BEIJING — China has made progress in its carbon trading pilot programs but still has a long way to go, government officials and industry players believe. China, the world’s biggest…

As China’s Appetite for Meat Soars, So Do Its Emissions

CHONGQING, China — At a 27th-floor apartment at a high rise of this southwestern Chinese city, Zhan Li is making lunch for her family. She steamed fish and fried pork…

How a Study of Biased Reporting on Climate Change Morphed Into a Tale of Biased Science

Early last month, Hong Fuhai, an economics professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, received an unexpected question: Was it true that he and his colleagues said it is OK to…

China is Spreading the Use of Insurance to Cope With Climate Change Damage

Weeks before the harvest started last summer, Li Ping’s rice paddies were hit by extreme weather. Temperatures of 95 degrees Fahrenheit baked Longtan village in north China for over a…

Climate Change Brings an Uncertain Future to One of the World’s Finest Teas

PASSARA, Sri Lanka — In his tea garden up on the mountain, Piyasena Rajapakshe, 71, started his morning exercise by clouting tea bushes. He clouted here and there. Suddenly, one…

Poor Indian Villagers Hit the Road on Electric Two-Wheelers

SULUR VILLAGE, India — For Aaruchamy Mayilchamy, the desperate yearning for modern transportation began last year, when the 62-year-old could no longer bear the pain in his knees after decades…

Renewable Energy, Once a Dream, Lights up Some of India’s Slums

ASHRAYA NAGAR, India — This slum on the outskirts of Bangalore is a mix of poverty and modernism. Most huts here have no attached toilet or running water, but solar…

Why a Fishing Village now Lives in Fear of the Sea

MUDUKATAVA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka — It takes a lot for a lifelong coastal dweller to be surprised by the sea. But a few months ago, when seawater suddenly fell from…

Bhutan Prospers by Exporting ‘Sustainable’ Energy, But Some Doubt That It is

PUNATSANGCHHU, Bhutan — Traveling in this western Bhutanese valley is like going back in time before the Industrial Revolution, with only forests, rice paddies and scattered farming villages visible from…

Climate Change is Melting Away Nepal’s Mountain Tourism

THAMO, Nepal — Dawa Tshering Sherpa remembers the 1985 flood as if it happened just yesterday. At that time, Sherpa, a then-trekking guide living in this riverside village in the…

Electric Rickshaws Give One of the World’s Poorest Countries a Charge

KATMANDU, Nepal — The streets of this crowded tourist city are like a slow-moving showroom of the auto industry, with packs of buses, cars, taxis and motorbikes chugging along. But…

As China’s Demand for Coal Soars, So Does Its Water Scarcity

XILINHOT, China — By many measures, this northern Chinese city is an ideal candidate for being China’s Wyoming. It has more brown coal reserves than any other Chinese region, and…

Is China Ready For Climate Change?

Once again, China’s ability to handle a changing climate is being tested. In 2013, rainfall in south China’s Yunnan province dropped 70 percent below average levels. This, combined with similar…

What Happens When Asia’s ‘Water Tower’ Dries Up?

LIJIANG, China — After photographing Black Dragon Lake here for eight years, He Jiaxin knows of more places where he can get the lake to mirror the majesty of its…

Chinese Companies Climb Learning Curve on How to Deal With the West

SHANGHAI — On a foggy afternoon in early 2012, Kenn Ross heard his cellphone ringing. He picked it up, and that was the beginning of a multimillion-dollar dialogue. “We know…

Why Does China Want Carbon Trading?

With the calendar turning to 2013, the long-awaited next phase in a campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will soon take place in China. Five Chinese cities and two provinces…

Rural China Tries to Break Its Coal Addiction By Using Straw

SHANGQIU, China — This is not the equivalent of Silicon Valley. There isn’t a lab in sight or a high-tech industrial park in the area. What attracts most of the…

More Western Clean-tech Companies Take Off in China, But There Are Gaps in The Runway

BEIJING — Jennifer Holmgren is a dream client for airlines that fly to China. She flies here from Chicago almost every two months, and China topped other countries as her…

China’s Solar Industry Faces Stress Test

KAIHUA INDUSTRIAL PARK, China — By many measures, this industrial park built to cater to solar businesses in eastern China’s Kaihua County appears to be dead. Roads are unimpeded by…

Can Carbon Trading Cut Emissions by Protecting Asia’s Remaining Forests?

SHANGHAI — Seven years after Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea called on the world to combat climate change by saving vanishing forests in the tropics, the marriage between emissions…

Cap and Trade Finds a New Home and Political Traction in Asia

SHANGHAI — When Jeff Huang hosted a visiting Chinese official in the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2011, he was impressed by the official’s interest in trading carbon dioxide. Unlike his…

Asia’s Int’l Carbon Trade Cools as Nations Turn to Building Domestic Markets

BANGKOK — Hideki Sawano has attended many farewell parties recently. His team had 20 carbon traders in 2008; today, there are only seven. Working with Japanese trade giant Sumitomo Corp.,…

China’s Green Vehicle Revolution is Fueled by Natural Gas

SHANGHAI — The blue automobile that taxi driver Shen Guiqin uses to carry riders around in northern China’s Tianjin City tells much about an unsung clean solution in the nation.…

China Raises Concerns over Its Power Plant Safety

SHANGHAI — A newly published government report presents a sobering view of safety issues in one of the world’s fastest-expanding nuclear power markets, saying that “the current safety situation isn’t…

China’s Drive to Put More Clean Cars on the Road Hits a Wall

SHANGHAI — China has a long and successful track record of scaling up its industrial growth by hitching it to a continent-size home market. This strategy turned China’s wind turbine…

China Plunges into Carbon Capture Technology, Seeking Emissions Cuts and Exports

ERDOS, China — Shenhua Group Corp., one of China’s coal giants, has built much of its success at the cost of climate change. Every year, the company digs hundreds of…

China’s Energy Saving Service Sector Is on the Rise

SHANGHAI — In 2007, Ren Junjie, an energy service company executive, came up with an idea for a business. He intended to persuade Chinese factories to use his money and…

China’s Offshore Wind Program is Beached by Interagency Disputes

SHANGHAI — In 2011, when China unveiled its 2015 target for offshore wind development, it was an ambitious goal by any measure. Europe, the global leader in this sector, spent…

China’s Once Red-hot CDM Market Cools, But Domestic Trading May Soon Fire Up

SHANGHAI — The year 2012 is viewed as a catastrophic time in several Mayan theories as well as by a Hindu sect in India. And now, some carbon emissions traders…

Grid Problems Steer China’s Huge Wind Power Industry into Financial Doldrums

SHANGHAI — After years of nurturing China’s wind power sector to become the largest in the world, the nation’s policymakers now appear to have second thoughts. A succession of government…

China’s Latest Hot Import — Foreign Green Building Certifications

SHANGHAI — Take a guess: What do Coca Cola’s Chinese factory, Beijing’s most expensive commercial center and the office building of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology have in common?…

As Climate Becomes Less Certain, So Does China’s Ability to Feed Itself

DUJIADUN, China — Liu Changxiong has been farming in this southwestern Chinese village for more than a decade, but his years of experience aren’t of much use these days. Last…

China Revises Policy and Pricing to Boost Shale Gas Production

SHANGHAI — China started 2012 with a policy revision and pricing reform on shale gas, as part of an effort to lure more companies into finding and developing this unconventional…

China Seeks Ways to Meet Rising Rural Energy Demands While Trying to Cut Emissions

SHANGHAI — As if China didn’t have enough problems with its voracious appetite for fossil fuels. Rapidly changing patterns of energy use by China’s small-town dwellers — who account for…

How a Geographer and a Locust Expert Mapped a Path for China’s Climate Efforts

BEIJING — In 1983, when the United Nations was calling for countries to discuss how to satisfy human needs while preserving nature, China faced a dilemma. The nation wanted to…

Climate Change Evaporates Part of China’s Hydropower Production

SHANGHAI — China has set ambitious goals for itself to develop hydropower to help mitigate the risks of climate change, but increasing extreme weather events likely rooted in climate change…

China Hurries Back to Bicycle-friendly Cities to Curb Gridlocks and Pollution

SHANGHAI — After decades of getting its millions of citizens off their bicycles and into modern transportation, China is now struggling to make a big policy U-turn. Last month, southern…

China’s City of the Future Rises on a Wasteland

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — Three years ago, this coastal area fit perfectly into the dictionary definition for “wasteland.” Its soil was too salty to grow crops. It was polluted enough…

Shanghai Struggles to Save Itself From the Sea

SHANGHAI — Some 1,000 years ago, the Chinese named this city “Shanghai” based on its location. It literally means “above the sea.” Those pioneers probably never imagined the situation that…

Built in a Dirty Boom, China’s Biggest City Tries to Go Green

CHONGQING, China — Wandering around in downtown Chongqing, it is hard to imagine that this is a city that is going green. Vehicles clog roads in every direction. Construction cranes…

China’s Regulators Tackle Energy-guzzling Buildings

SHANGHAI — For Jin Liang, a typical Chinese who watches his utility bills carefully, each scorching hot summer day posed a dilemma: Should he switch on his air conditioner, or…

Gone With the Flood: Chinese Villagers Struggle With a New Reality

XIKOU VILLAGE, China — The muggy summer afternoon started like any other for Mao Juxian — with a sink full of dishes to wash at her riverside diner. But within…

China’s Drought Threatens Farm Income, Drinking Water, Wildlife and Hydropower

SHANGHAI — It is an annual tradition for Chinese to race dragon boats at the end of each spring, but this year, the tradition has run aground. Many streams and…

How a Chinese Landfill Reduces Emissions While Attracting Tourists and Cash

HANGZHOU, China — In one of this nation’s most popular tourist cities, famed for the beauty of its surrounding mountains, willow trees, lotus blossoms and ancient stone-arch bridges, a new…

China Rebuilds Its Power Grid as Part of its Clean Technologies Push

SHANGHAI — As the world’s largest fossil fuel consumer, China is trying to use more clean energy, but it has a major handicap to overcome: Its current electric grid can’t…

Cambodia’s Isolated Villagers Change Their Lives With Lower-cost Solar

ROU HAL, Cambodia — With a desire to one day become a doctor and save lives, 12-year-old Phat Sopwa devotes most of his time to study. After dark, though, his…

China’s New Urban Plan — Buy a Car, But Don’t Use It

SHANGHAI — One aspect of this country’s high-speed economic growth is that Chinese are getting richer and prefer to have their own cars. After decades of streets crowded with bicyclists…

China Moves Toward Carbon Emissions Trading to Improve Energy Efficiency and Competitiveness

SHANGHAI — When professor Chen Hongbo tried to promote carbon trading in China three years ago, he found himself under fire. As developing countries like China aren’t obliged to limit…

Han Yuqi Dreams Big at Shanghai’s Smallest Cinema

At Image Tunnel, a wooden loft known as Shanghai’s smallest cinema, everything is done differently. The owner rarely hangs posters. Movies are projected on a wall rather than a theater…

China Death Taboo on Its Way Out

BEIJING, China — Death in China isn’t what it used to be. In 1993, when Dr. Li Songtang drove patients to his brand new hospice care facility in Beijing, a…

China: Too Cheap to Avoid a Traffic Jam?

SHANGHAI, China — When word got out two weeks ago about China’s monster traffic jam, an amazing thing happened: drivers continued to willingly flock to the Beijing-Tibet expressway at the…

Chinese Seek Anti-terrorism Training for Work Abroad

SHANGHAI, China — Hired by Chinese businesses, Adi Talmor robs, kidnaps and does his general best to make thousands of workers suffer. But Talmor isn’t a criminal; he’s a consultant.…

Suntech Loses a Silicon Supplier

Chinese wafer supplier Huantai Silicon has suspended its partnership with the country’s solar cells and panels giant Suntech Power on their joint venture Glory Silicon, and will jointly build a…

Can China Clean Up in Clean Cars?

For years, China and the West drew a clear boundary in the global auto industry: Western auto giants dominated the technology and designs, while the Chinese companies focused on the…

Zhao Chuan and Grass Stage Celebrate the Lives of Those not Beautiful Enough

Unlike most arts troupe directors, Zhao Chuan, founder of underground theater troupe Grass Stage, the name borrowed from China’s ancient wandering troubadours, has never bothered recruiting beautiful actresses. Instead, he wants…

The Shanghai ‘Soup Nazi’

If you’re greeted by, “No seats for you! Get out of here” don’t just chalk it up to Shanghai’s (lack of) service, turn tail and run. Like the Soup Nazi…

Through Chinese Eyes

They are Chinese. They never went to university. They barely speak Hebrew or even English. But nobody can challenge their knowledge of Jewish history – at least not on the…

Financial Crisis Paves the Way for Chinese Solar Giants

SHANGHAI, China — Sales of Chinese solar modules, which accounted for nearly one third of the global market share, were shadowed in the wake of the financial crisis. However, what…

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