China orders a halt to over 100 coal-fired power plants

January 18, 2017 by  
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While one US state works to support coal power by banning renewable energy , the Chinese government has ordered the closure of over 100 coal power plants in an effort to improve air quality and reduce fossil fuel use. Reuters reports that the plants’ combined capacity is over 100 gigawatts of power, and they’re worth a total of 430 billion yuan, or $62 billion U.S. As Reuters notes, the move to suspend these projects represents a major advancement in the government’s plan to kick the country’s coal habit and generate more power from renewables. Currently, the majority of China’s energy comes from coal-fired plants. It also echoes another move last year, when the Chinese government announced it would either eliminate or delay at least 150 gigawatts of coal-fired power projects between 2016 and 2020, while putting a 1,100 gigawatt cap on total coal power generation. Add to this the fact that China is installing an extra 130 gigawatts of solar and wind power by 2020, and it’s clear that China is serious about finding alternatives to coal. Some of the coal plants will eventually go ahead, but they will replace existing facilities that are coming to the end of their lives – and no new plants will be built until 2025. Related: China to spend $361 billion on renewable energy projects by 2020 It’s no doubt that the shift away from coal power will help the country deal with massive air quality issues that regularly shut down Beijing and other large cities. Unsurprisingly, Greenpeace is in favor of the move. “Stopping under-construction projects seems wasteful and costly, but spending money and resources to finish these completely unneeded plants would be even more wasteful,” the NGO said in a statement to Reuters. Via Reuters Images via Herry Lawford , our-planet , and Dr. Bernd Gross  

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Angry about Trumps inauguration? Here are 5 events you can attend this week

January 18, 2017 by  
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If you’re at all concerned about the environment, it should go without saying that you’re probably unhappy about a Donald Trump presidency. Even before being sworn into office, it’s clear he wants to promote the interests of fossil fuel companies and couldn’t care less about climate change . While there may be nothing you can do to prevent him from taking office now that the election is over, that doesn’t mean you have to quietly accept his inauguration. If you’re angry about the beginning of Trump’s term, here are five events you can attend this week to share your feelings. January 19: Reclaim Our Schools Day of Action Had enough of Trump’s assault on teachers and public schools? So have the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, which have teamed up to form a new group called the National Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. On the 19th, they’re staging a national day of action to defend our education system from Trump and his anti-education cabinet picks. They’re planning to stage actions in cities around the country. Visit the Reclaim Our Schools website to sign up and find out about protests in your area. January 19: Busboys and Poets Peace Ball Maybe a straight-up protest isn’t your style – maybe you’d rather look back at the many successes of the Obama years and appreciate how far we’ve come. If that sounds like your scene, then you’re going to love the Busboys and Poets Peace Ball scheduled at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Celebrities, authors, and political organizers including Solange, Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, and Alicia Garza will be in attendance, so if you’ll be in the area, it might be worth hunting for a ticket. January 20: #InaugurateTheResistance Another event for those of you in D.C. to consider is the inauguration day mass protest at Freedom Plaza, held by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition starting at 7 am. There are also a number of other groups speaking out on the 20th, including the Occupy Movement and the Democratic Socialists of America . You could also join #DisruptJ20 , a group dedicated to disrupting the day’s ceremonies through peaceful civil disobedience. While you’re at it, be sure to check in with the DCMJ lobbying group , which is celebrating the legalization of marijuana in DC by handing out free joints. January 20: Student Walkouts If you’re a college student, check to find out if any groups on your campus are staging a walkout on inauguration day. (If not, there’s still a few days to organize one yourself!) Some of the major groups organizing the protests are Socialist Students and Students for a Democratic society . Visit their websites for more information and see if your city is participating in their events. January 21: Women’s March You don’t have to be in Washington to participate in this one, although the original Women’s March will be taking place there. With up to 200,000 people potentially attending, this is poised to be a massive event that will make headlines across the country. Sister marches are also planned in 386 cities across the US and worldwide , so chances are good there is one in your area if you’d like to make a show of solidarity. And don’t worry if you’re not a woman – despite the name, the event is welcoming of all gender identities . The goal of the march is to make a statement of support for women’s rights, which are already under assault by conservative politicians hoping to capitalize on Trump’s win. Simply put, if you believe women’s right are human rights, you’re welcome at the DC march or any of its sister events. No matter how you choose to make your voice heard, remember to stay alert and watch out for potential conflict with the police. This Lifehacker guide written during the Occupy protests is still relevant and has some valuable pointers on how to protest safely and legally. If you’re concerned your civil rights could be violated, study this helpful ACLU guide in advance. Be prepared, and stay safe. Photos via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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China plans to meet 2020 emissions goal by tripling solar power capacity

March 22, 2016 by  
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China has been chipping away at its carbon emissions at a pretty good clip in recent years, with 2015 statistics indicating the nation will reach, and possibly exceed, its 2020 goals. To support that effort, the country plans to add up to 20 gigawatts of solar power each year for the next five , which will add up to more than three times the nation’s current capacity. Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration, announced the decision Monday, which solidifies China’s plan to foster a new era of clean energy for the country that emits more carbon dioxide than any other on Earth. Read the rest of China plans to meet 2020 emissions goal by tripling solar power capacity

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it is off the charts

January 20, 2015 by  
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Despite taking steps to limit carbon output , Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday it was literally off the charts. Fine air particulates reached beyond the limits of the index, which tops out at a hazardous 500 ppm. Anything above 150 is considered bad. Read the rest of Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it is off the charts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air conditions , Beijing air pollution , Beijing smog , carbon pollution Beijing , carbon pollution China , China air pollution , China fracking , china renewable energy , china smog , hazardous air conditions , smog , world air pollution

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

January 20, 2015 by  
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It’s no secret that the world’s most beautiful urban spaces are almost always lined with trees. However, urban forests offers far more than just beautification benefits—trees do wonders for air purification , water management, reduced energy consumption, and more. Jarrimber details the many advantages of urban forestry and why restoring and expanding the forests in our cities should be a major priority. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographic , Jarrimber , reader submitted content , Trees , urban forestry , urban forests , urban trees

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