alternative energy

‘Gutter Oil’ Expected to Fuel Shanghai Buses

One of China’s ongoing food safety scandals involves the illegal recycling, repackaging, and reuse of cooking oil — which after crude processing is known as “gutter oil” (地沟油). In the midst of an ongoing food...

China Confirms $1.7 Trillion Spending Plan

Reuters reports confirmation of plans to inject $1.7 trillion dollars into key strategic sectors of China’s economy over the next five years. The confirmation of the huge sum of money showed Beijing’s ambition to...

In China the Big Nuclear Question is “How Soon”?

Reuters reports on the development of China’s nuclear industry, which doesn’t seem to be fazed by the recent disaster in Japan: Many of the nuclear research institutes across the country are working on advanced...

China’s Green Leap Forward

The Christian Science Monitor reports on China’s efforts to become a world leader in green technologies: Chinese factories already make a third of the world’s solar cells – six times more than America. Next year, China...

China Emerges as a Leader in Cleaner Coal Technology

Despite China’s abundant use of coal which worries environmentalists around the world, the country is also at the forefront of developing cleaner coal power plants, the New York Times reports: While the United States is...

China 2008: Environmental Crisis

This next article in the CDT series on important issues facing China in 2008 focuses on the Environment. See also previous posts on Nationalism, the Developing World, and the Global Financial Crisis. China’s environmental...

Cutting Emissions in Rural China

Professor Jiang Gaoming discusses how farmers in rural China could use straw to reduce China’s carbon footprint in his China Dialogue article: China’s population is mainly rural, and if that population realises its full...

A Mighty Wind: What Will China’s Green Appetite Mean?

The Wall Street Journal reports on China’s growing interest in wind energy: China’s NRDC, the top economic planning agency, said renewable energy will provide 10% of the country’s energy use by 2010. As part of the...

Burning Bright in Beijing

China Dialogue looks at two companies in Beijing that are promoting energy conservation: Xiongcai aims to solve some very real problems: how can China make use of its current stock of 4.8 million coal-burning boilers? How can...

China Considers Canceling Coal-to-Oil Projects – AP

From the AP, via the IHT: China is considering halting efforts to make oil from coal because of concerns about cost and energy efficiency, a state press agency on Sunday quoted an official as saying. China is hoping to ease its rising dependence on imported oil by promoting alternative energy sources like oil-from-coal and solar, […]

The China Experiment – Mara Hvistendahl

Following the media’s current “greening of China” trend, Seed Magazine has a lengthy and interesting report about a growing environmental consciousness: What Linxia has in abundance, however, is...

Paying the Price for a Greener China – BBC

From the BBC: Halfway up a valley, a team of Chinese Noahs prepares for a flood. Builders pile roof tiles into baskets and carry them up the hill. The Communist Party has given orders: Take down all the houses on the hillside. There is no argument and no debate – when the Chinese government makes […]

China’s ‘Sun King’ Hails Clean-Energy – Joe McDonald

From AP: Physicist Shi Zhengrong spent the 1990s in an Australian lab studying solar power, a field he picked by chance. He expected to devote his life to science. Still, Shi saw signs of a blossoming industry as Germany, Japan and other countries invested in cleaner power. Excited by a trip home that showed him […]

Clean-Energy Firms Make Pitch to Asia – Jane Spencer

From the Wall Street Journal (photo: biofuel via Representatives of more than a dozen U.S. companies, including General Electric Co. and DuPont Co., will touch down today in the southern Indian city of Chennai to kick off a one-week trade mission to India and China aimed at drumming up new business for America’s burgeoning […]

Report: China to research alternate fuel – AP

From the AP, via Business Week: China plans to spend 800 million yuan (US$100 million; euro78 million) over the next decade on studying natural gas hydrates, an alternative fuel Beijing hopes might help to limit its growing reliance on oil imports, the government said Wednesday. Trial exploration of methane hydrate, a crystalline compound of water […]

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