China to declare war on smog

Not so long ago, a much larger proportion of Chinese citizens was poor. From 1981 to 2008, the poverty rate was slashed from 85 percent to 13 percent. But this was rapid economic development has had a toll on the environment. Nowadays, the air quality in the capital city of Beijing is “somewhat similar to… Continue reading China to declare war on smog

Chinese coal consumption is slowing

This could be world-changing news. According to Xinhua, the Chinese State media agency : ” China’s coal consumption growth slowed in 2013, with the price of coal declining, according to the China National Coal Association “ Several factors are explaining this : old inefficient coal-fired plants are being closed and replaced by more efficient ones,… Continue reading Chinese coal consumption is slowing

China coal consumption could peak soon

The People’s Republic of China is in the middle of a very serious situation as it is struggling with horrendous air pollution which in the Northern provinces cut life expectancy by over five years. To avoid this from worsening even more, the local government has been investing heavily in the past and will invest more… Continue reading China coal consumption could peak soon

The beginning of the end for coal

Carl Pope, the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club published an article on the very topic last week as the World Bank and the US government announced they wouldn’t fund coal anymore. But this week, there was another third blow on financing coal. As The Guardian reported : ” The European Investment… Continue reading The beginning of the end for coal

Half of electricity at UK businesses is wasted

This is so mindbogglingly big that I had to write about it. To Cleantechies : ” A UK report says that nearly half of the electricity consumed by British businesses¬†is wasted when employees are not at work.” ” In an analysis of more than 6,000 smart meters, British Gas found that 46 percent of electricity… Continue reading Half of electricity at UK businesses is wasted

Coal decreases in US electricity mix

TreeHugger recently rejoiced as for the first time in over thirty years, coal has accounted for less than 40 percent of the local electricity mix. This is good news as coal is the most greenhouse gases emitting fossil fuel. This steady and continuous decrease can be explained mainly by the increased production of local natural… Continue reading Coal decreases in US electricity mix

Air pollution costs billions to the European Union

Here is my latest post on Cleantechies :¬† “The European Environment Agency published in November a report on the cost, the toll, of air pollution due to industrial facilities to the European Union. “ ” And the costs are staggering as the 10,000 facilities induced up to 102 and 169 billion euros in 2009 alone.… Continue reading Air pollution costs billions to the European Union