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5 Myths about Coal, Oil, & China

Myth #1 China has paid little attention to energy efficiency, preferring to build countless coal-fired power plants instead

Typically, energy demand grows faster than GDP in a developing. The graph below shows the opposite-GDP has grown at a much faster rate than energy demand in China. This was policy, not happenstance, Dung Shao Ping announced in […]

Clean Tech in Copenhagen: A Key Solution to Climate Change

Barbara Finamore
Alliance President / China Program Director, NRDC Beijing

Clean tech is very much on the radar screen here in Copenhagen as a key solution to climate change.  The U.S.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) have just released a report entitled “Seizing the Solar Solution: Combating Climate Change through […]

My First Day in Copenhagen

Barbara Finamore
Alliance President / China Program Director, NRDC Beijing

I knew I’ve been working in China too long when I couldn’t stop comparing everything in Copenhagen to Beijing. I couldn’t even pass for an ordinary American to the immigration officer – my passport gave me away. He took one look at all the visas […]

China is the largest emitter of non-US mercury emissions in US

Of the of the 140-170 tons per year of mercury currently being deposited onto the United States mainland each year, 2/3 originates in other countries. Of the approximately 100 tons arriving from other countries, roughly half originates on the Asian continent, mostly from China. Indian subcontinent emissions are also large; but due to geography and […]

The Obama Administration & the Alliance

In the past year, two individuals affiliated with the Alliance have been appointed / invited by the Obama administration to work on climate change issues.

In January 2009 Diana Farrell joined U.S. President Obama’s administration as deputy director of the National Economic Council and deputy economic advisor to […]