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    A CPO China ship at the Port of Rotterdam.

    Q&A: The shipping industry climate goals backed – and blocked – by China

    Last week, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) set new climate goals for shipping, including a target of net-zero “by or around” 2050. ...Read More

    China Policy| Jul 14. 2023.
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    China Briefing 15 June 2023: CBAM fight; New energy milestone; Extreme heat

    Welcome to Carbon Brief’s China Briefing. Carbon Brief handpicks and explains the most important climate and energy stories from China ove...Read More

    China Policy| Jun 15. 2023.
    Traffic jam on a road in Shanghai, China, on 28 February 2023.

    Analysis: China’s CO2 emissions hit Q1 record high after 4% rise in early 2023

    China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions grew 4% in the first quarter of 2023, reaching a record high for the first three months of the year. The ...Read More

    China Policy| May 12. 2023.
    Hot pot restaurant in Beijing, China.

    China: What the world’s largest food system means for climate change

    China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of food. In 2019, China’s giant food system produced 1.9bn tonnes of CO2 equivalent – aro...Read More

    Guest posts| Feb 20. 2023.
    A truck travelling along the G30 Lianhuo expressway with part of the Daheyan wind farm in the background in Xinjiang, China. Credit: Paul Springett D / Alamy Stock Photo

    Explainer: Why China’s provinces are so important for action on climate change

    Since China’s president Xi Jinping announced that China would peak carbon emissions “before 2030” and achieve carbon neutrality “before 2060�...Read More

    China Policy| Oct 10. 2022.
    New and under construction apartment blocks in Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. Credit: David Lyons / Alamy Stock Photo.

    Analysis: China’s CO2 emissions fall by record 8% in second quarter of 2022

    中国的二氧化碳(CO2)排放量下降了一个record 8% in the second quarter of 2022, a 230m tonne (MtCO2) reduction that is the largest in at ...Read More

    China Policy| Sep 1. 2022.
    Farmer grazing their sheep in a wind farm in Hebei province, China

    Guest post: Will China’s new renewable energy plan lead to an early emissions peak?

    China released its 14th five-year plan (FYP) for renewable energy on 1 June, outlining the country’s renewable energy roadmap for the five years 20...Read More

    Guest posts| Jul 7. 2022.

    Guest post: China’s wind and solar potential is ‘nine times’ that needed for carbon neutrality

    In September 2020, China pledged to peak its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 and achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2060. In a new study, p...Read More

    Guest posts| Jun 20. 2022.
    Dr Jonathan Pershing is the programme director of environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the US

    The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Jonathan Pershing

    Dr Jonathan Pershing is the programme director of environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the US. He had led the programme from 20...Read More

    Interviews| Jun 13. 2022.
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    China Briefing, 1 June 2022: ‘Longest sustained’ emissions drop; Xie’s Europe trip; Road transport emissions

    Welcome to Carbon Brief’s China digest. We handpick and explain the most important climate and energy stories from China. This is an on...Read More

    China Policy| Jun 1. 2022.
    A block of half-built flats is left abandoned in Shanghai

    Analysis: China's CO2 emissions see longest sustained drop in a decade

    China's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by an estimated 1.4% in the first three months of 2022, making it the third quarter in a row of falling e...Read More

    China Policy| May 30. 2022.
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