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India had worse air pollution than China in 2015

People in India are breathing more toxic air than people in China for the first time this century, a new analysis of Nasa satellite data has revealed. Last year China’s ‘war on pollution’ led to a record-breaking improvement in the

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Why China’s new coal mine moratorium matters

Right at the end of 2015, the head of China’s National Energy Agency made a hugely significant announcement: China will not approve any new coal mine projects for the next three years and will close down a thousand small mines.

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China isn’t approving any new coal mines for the next 3 years

China, the largest coal producer in the world, won’t be approving new mines for the next three years as it grapples with alarming pollution and pursues other energy sources, including nuclear plants. The country announced the move last week, according

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The sun always seems to shine on nuclear

A glaring anomaly of British energy policy will be on display this week: the government will loudly trumpet a nuclear deal with China, and then will come a no-fanfare end to a controversial solar subsidy consultation. President Xi Jinping will

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It’s getting hotter

Saving the planet is now a matter of a few clicks – at least on a small scale. On September 22nd the UN’s Climate Change Secretariat launched Climate Neutral Now, a website that estimates an individual’s carbon footprint based on

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China’s ambitious plan to limit carbon emissions, explained

In Washington, DC, you’ll often hear conservatives argue that there’s little point in the United States acting on global warming, because China is the world’s largest polluter and will never do anything to rein in its carbon emissions. But that

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How oil flows in and out of every major region around the world

Every major economy around the world is fueled by oil. But most of them don’t produce the oil they use. In its new “Statistical Review of World Energy” report, BP included a map tracking oil trade flows around the world.

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Which countries in the world use the most coal to generate electricity

Coal is one of the most polluting ways to generate electricity, and regions like Europe have been trying hard in recent years to phase it out. But simultaneous industrialization in other parts of the world has counterbalanced the efforts. China’s

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The success of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Europe has spearheaded the drive to change from a system of power stations burning fossil fuels to one in which a significant proportion of electricy comes from non-polluting sources. Chart the spending on renewables in Europe and the bloc’s emissions,

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Air pollution causes nearly one in five deaths in China and over 4,000 per day

China has long known it has a problem with air pollution, but a recent study has attributed a startling new death toll to the issue. Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit that studies climate change and related issues, says 1.6 million deaths

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