China announces plan to curb carbon emissions

China announces plan to curb carbon emissions
A man and a child wear masks during a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. China has announced a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next several years, while capping coal consumption and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels. Under the plan, by 2020, the level of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be 18 percent lower than in 2015, the State Council said on its website Friday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China has announced a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next several years, while capping coal consumption and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels.

Under the plan, by 2020, the level of per unit of GDP will be 18 percent lower than in 2015, the State Council said on its website Friday, the same day that the Paris climate agreement came into effect.

Coal consumption must be capped at about 4.2 billion tonnes (4.7 billion tons), while non-fossil fuel energy generation capacity like hydropower and nuclear power will be expanded to 15 percent of China's total capacity.

China has taken a leading role in climate change talks, and its collaboration with the United States has been touted by Washington and Beijing as a bright spot in an otherwise strained relationship.

China will guarantee that emissions peak no later than 2030 under the Paris pact. There are also plans to officially launch a national carbon trading market next year.

In recent years, China has become a world leader in renewable energy investment and installation of new wind and solar power capacity, but efforts by the central government to break away from coal consumption have been frustrating at times.

China announces plan to curb carbon emissions
A woman wears a mask during a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. China has announced a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next several years, while capping coal consumption and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels. Under the plan, by 2020, the level of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be 18 percent lower than in 2015, the State Council said on its website Friday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Even after Beijing declared a "war on pollution," hundreds of new coal power plants were approved for construction in 2015 by local governments keen to buoy their economies.

Central economic planners earlier this year declared a halt on new approvals for . Energy officials went a step further last month when they declared a construction freeze on scores of partially built plants across more than a dozen provinces, garnering praise from environmental groups such as Greenpeace.

China announces plan to curb carbon emissions
To curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next several years, while capping coal consumption and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels. Under the plan, by 2020, the level of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be 18 percent lower than in 2015, the State Council said on its website Friday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Nov 07, 2016
This seems to be a contest of conservatives versus the environment. We only survive if the right one wins.

Meanwhile, the lessons of fracking are being enjoyed in OK:

http://www.cnn.co...dex.html

Nov 14, 2016
Someone has got to get through to Trump somehow, perhaps the NACS? He has shown flexibility in what he does vs what he says in regards to other issues...

Nov 14, 2016
What we need is another crackpot Joe McCarthy to rid ourselves of the Russian-corrupted Republican Party. Even our FBI has been shown to be unwitting agents of Putin.

Nov 14, 2016
Soon we will become the Bad Guys when Trump lets the polluters kill the environment. The devolution into a one-party state of the hateful conservatives will be the ruin of our Democracy.

Fortunately, he cannot decide to start up coal production because there is no market for the nasty stuff here. It is filthy. And it ain't cheap, neither.

Nuclear adventures around the world are turning sour, as well, and it seems our Alternative Energy systems will have to save us. If we survive the Era of Trump.

Nov 14, 2016
Oh, my, . . . Since Trump announced he will not support the present Clean Power Plan, the owners of nukes are going to stop trying to save them.

http://www.utilit.../430288/

Another perverse effect of Trump. None will be good.

Nov 14, 2016
Wait until the coal folk find out the real reason we do not produce is because the good stuff is gone, all the hard-rock stuff that takes lots of miners has been mined out. They destroy entire mountains now, with huge machines and few people.

Once again, the poor and uneducated voted against their own interests, being emotionally-vulnerable to the messages of hate and division used by conservatives.

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