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 had installed nearly 19.5 gigawatts of solar panels as of the end of 2013. However, “many solar installations failed to …

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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 month, causing leaf yellowing and damaging grain production. As a result, Li’s rice yields decreased by 20 percent compared with …

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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 the road. But after one more turn, the peaceful countryside life is suddenly replaced by chugging machinery. Welcome to the …

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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 trading and forest protection has grown into something more than wedding vows, but it is still far away from generating …

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