China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]

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China Struggles with Power Cuts, Sparking Debate Over Climate Goals

China Struggles with Power Cuts, Sparking Debate Over Climate Goals

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Following China’s announcement that it would cease all coal investments abroad, a series of power cuts have plagued the Chinese public. Power cuts are not uncommon in the country, but they’re being exacerbated by the pandemic, coal prices, and more this year. Now, a battle is brewing between economy-focused […]

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China Pledges to Stop Financing Coal Projects Abroad

China Pledges to Stop Financing Coal Projects Abroad

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Just weeks after China’s coal ambitions brought tensions to climate talks between US Climate Envoy John Kerry and Chinese officials, President Xi Jinping pledged to end all its financing of coal-fired projects abroad and allocate more funding to green and low-carbon energy projects in developing nations. The move represents […]

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Three-Fourths of the Worlds Planned Coal Projects Scrapped Since 2015

Three-Fourths of the Worlds Planned Coal Projects Scrapped Since 2015

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]

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U.S. China Climate Talks Remain Tense as COP26 Approaches

U.S. China Climate Talks Remain Tense as COP26 Approaches

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor During White House Climate Envoy John Kerry’s trip to Tianjin on Monday, climate talks with China became tense, sparking fear that full cooperation may not be in the cards heading into the COP26 conference this fall in Glasgow. Kerry hoped to convince the Chinese government that climate change isn’t “day-to-day politics,” […]

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Beijing Breathes Easier

Beijing Breathes Easier

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Beijing’s reputation for smog may be lifting. In 2013, the city’s pollution was so bad that people called it an “air-pocalypse.” Readings for PM2.5, a tiny pollution particle that can adversely impact human health, hit 900 micrograms per square meter, 90 times higher than the World Health Organization’s recommended […]

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