Businessinsider. China Government Study Sees 86% Renewables by 2050. Cap And Trade Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor April 29th, 2015 by Guest Contributor By Sonia Aggarwal of Energy Innovation Last week, representatives from China’s national Energy Research Institute, the State Grid Energy Research Institute, and others released a new study envisioning a nation powered by 57% renewables in 2030, growing to 86% renewables by 2050, all at the same time as China’s economy grows sevenfold. China’s new analysis, analogous in many ways to a 2012 study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showing how the US could reach 80% renewables by 2050 (also summarized here on CleanTechnica), finds that China could meet its electricity demand from now until 2050 with a fast-growing share of its power coming from renewables.
Environmental and Economic Benefits A Clear Path to China’s Climate-Friendly Future? The report also recommends next steps for Chinese government, the renewable energy industry, the power sector, and the people. About the Author. Ma Jun: China has reached its environmental tipping point | Guardian Sustainable Business. It was almost 20 years ago that Ma Jun sat and watched the rainbow-coloured River Fen, in Shanxi province. As he turned to the skies in this coal and industrial heartland of north China he could see dozens of chimneys bellowing out their fumes. He had been sent to the province on an assignment while working as a researcher for a foreign journalist in the late 1990s. The story then was about family planning and its impact on local communities, but it was the devastating pollution he witnessed that filled up his notepad. It was these notes that would later form the basis of his first book, China’s Water Crisis, which quickly came to signify the awakening of China’s environmental consciousness – compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in terms of its impact.
For Ma, now one of China’s most prominent environmental voices, that book and his time along the Fen River was the beginning of a two decade-long journey in raising awareness of China’s environmental crisis. What can business do? China’s Green-Energy Revolution by John A. Mathews and Hao Tan. SYDNEY – China generates most of its electricity by burning fossil fuels, just as every rising economic power has done since the Industrial Revolution. But to focus on this single fact risks overlooking a notable trend. The Chinese system of power generation is turning green – far more quickly than any other system of comparable size on the planet. This trend is visible in three areas. The first is electricity generation. Remarkably, nuclear energy played only a small role in this change. The second area in which the green trend has become apparent is China’s total electricity-generating capacity.
Direct comparisons of different power sources are difficult, because the use of wind, solar, nuclear, and fossil-fuel plants varies according to the time of day. Last year was the second in a row in which China added more generating capacity from non-fossil-fuel sources than from fossil-fuel sources. Finally, the trend toward green energy can be seen in China’s investment patterns. More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank. Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence. The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing institutions the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, has drawn a cool response from the United States, despite which European U.S. allies including Britain, France, Germany and Italy have already announced they would join the bank.
Other countries such as Turkey and South Korea have also said they would join. Brazil, China's top trading partner, said on Friday it would sign up and that there were no conditions set. "Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative," the office of President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement. Read MoreHow Europe and US stumbled into spat over China-led bank. Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor. Beijing’s mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city “unliveable” because of its noxious smog, according to state media. “To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this,” he said last Friday, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper. “At the present time, however, Beijing is not a liveable city.” Anshun’s speech came days before the market research company Euromonitor International announced, in its findings on the global tourism market in 2013, that tourism to Beijing had declined by 10% from the year before due to pollution and a countrywide economic slowdown.
The company’s top 100 city destination rankings, released on Tuesday, ranked Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok in its top three spots, followed by London and Paris. Beijing ranked 34th, in between Johannesburg and Sofia, Bulgaria. Yet 18 months on, the plan appears to be taking slow effect. The Rat Tribe of Beijing. Urbanisation: The great sprawl of China. Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria? Why Internet users all around the world should be worried about China’s Great Firewall.
In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, computer users sit near a monitor display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China. (Ng Han Guan, AP) BEIJING -- China’s Great Firewall is coming to a computer near you. What may be the world’s biggest censorship and Internet monitoring operation does not just affect Netizens in China, it is becoming a potential concern for Internet users elsewhere in the world, experts say. News that China is building that firewall steadily higher only heightens those concerns.
[Read:Is this North Korea? For a start, Web browsers all over the world now trust the Chinese government to tell it which Web sites are genuine. Then there is the question of China’s growing demands for the keys to global operating systems, which it is making on foreign IT firms as condition for doing business here. Last week, foreign business groups – including the American Chamber of Commerce in China and the U.S.
Related. China Only Has One Time Zone—and That's a Problem. The Communist Party's decision to use Beijing time across the country, done to enhance “national unity,” has backfired in Xinjiang. Imagine that you've found yourself in Kashgar, the western-most city in Xinjiang, China’s western-most region. Your friend sends you a text message and tells you to meet him at 3 pm. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Not in Xinjiang. If your friend is of China's majority Han ethnicity, you can assume that by 3 o'clock he's referring to Beijing Standard Time. The reason for this confusion is simple: China, a country that is of roughly similar size to the continental United States, has one time zone: Beijing Standard Time.
China hasn't always had one time zone. Given the state of the nation in those days, Mao’s reasoning was legitimate: Just two decades before, China was a fragmented country, with large swathes (such as Xinjiang) beyond the de facto control of the central government. Why does this discrepancy exist? The Quadrillion dollar world would be a world with complete Infrastructure.
China is leveraging its $4 trillion in reserves to provide low interest financing for high speed rail, export of Chinese nuclear reactors, factories and property development. China is offering to fill the worlds infrastructure gap. This will enable all of the developing world to follow the China economic development plan. In a few decades, they will have no shortfall in transportation, industry, modern buildings, energy plants, energy grid and other infrastructure needs. China will also help them finance it. Let us imagine about 2060-2080 where China has provided almost all countries in Africa and Asia with state of the art energy generation, energy distribution, global transportation and modern megacities with over 90% urbanization. The world economy is at about $110 trillion in purchasing power parity (with 2011 Worldbank adjustments) in 2015 and is about $80 trillion in nominal exchange rate terms. The world would be over 90% urbanized.
GDP is correlated to energy usage. Why 2016 Could Be a Nightmare for China. Presidential elections in the U.S. and Taiwan could end China’s period of “strategic opportunity.” In the late 1990s, former President Jiang Zemin liked to talk of China entering a two-decade era of “strategic opportunity” — a period when China could become a middle income country while continuing the Deng-ist strategy of building up its capacity and strengthening its economy during the era of American hegemony. During this period, China would be low profile, largely free of global leadership responsibilities, and able to plead its status as a poor, developing power focused on solving its own problems as a reason to sidestep heavy diplomatic duties beyond its borders.
Three-quarters of the way into this era of “strategic opportunity,” and we might argue that this period has already come to an end. Economically and geopolitically, the China of Xi Jinping increasingly talks and acts like an emerging super power. In 2016, we might well see Hilary Clinton move to the White House. Xinjiang and the Geopolitics of an Insurrection | Foreign Intrigue. I have written several articles on Xinjiang Province in China.
In each, I have examined the province’s intensifying Uighur separatist campaign and the region’s importance. The article below was posted at Sofrep.com. (You can find the original article, posted at Sofrep.com, here at Sofrep.com, August 10, 2014). Development and security in Xinjiang are pivotal issues for China, especially in the context of Beijing’s strategic interests in Central Asia. Thank you for reading. Eric JonesForeign Intrigue On Thursday, May 22nd, two sport utility vehicles pulled into a popular market in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang Province in northwest China. Some of the photos circulating on social media suggested a hellish scene, with bodies strewn on the ground amid burning wreckage. On May 23rd, Beijing issued an official statement declaring its policy intent in response to the attacks in Urumqi: Earlier in 2014, an attack in Kunming on March 1 left 29 dead, to include 14 of the perpetrators.
China: The Influence of History. How does history influence Chinese thought and behavior today? By Michael D. Swaine for The Diplomat January 14, 2015 Facebook1.8k Twitter121 Google+0 LinkedIn53 As China’s power and influence continue to grow in Asia and beyond, many analysts look to Chinese history to understand how a strong China will behave and view the world in the future. The reality is much more complex and nuanced. So, how does history influence Chinese thought and behavior today, and how it might it do so as Chinese power and influence grow in the future?
Regarding the first area, most Chinese are very proud of China’s long history as a strong and vibrant culture and as a highly influential political and social entity. For many Chinese, the experience of domestic chaos is closely associated with the depredations inflicted on China by the imperialist Western powers and Japan in the 19th and early 20th centuries (the so-called century of humiliation).
Third, China is a nation of contradictions. Michael D. China and Russia have now both approved the $242 billion Beijing to Moscow High speed rail project. China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo. The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.
The journey from Beijing to Moscow would take “two days” on a route passing through Kazakhstan, the post said. It will take take eight to 10 years to build. Moscow is 1000 miles from Berlin. So the Beijing-Moscow high speed line will make it easy to connect China to Europe. This line will also make it easy for China to connect to India and Central Asia for Silk Road segments. Exploring a New Role: Peacemaker in Afghanistan. Photo BEIJING — No stranger to engaging in power politics with its Asian neighbors, ’s diplomatic corps has in recent months been trying on a new role: talking with the Afghan in an effort to play peacemaker.
Late last year, two Afghan Taliban officials traveled with Pakistani officials to Beijing to discuss a potential peace process among ’s warring parties, according to three current and former Afghan officials. And that may not have been the first such meeting. Though his account could not be independently confirmed, one Pakistani journalist said that China’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Sun Yuxi, had traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, to meet with Afghan Taliban representatives weeks earlier. Despite years of war and turmoil in Afghanistan, China had long seemed reluctant to become directly involved. So what has changed to move it to try to mediate with Islamist militants now? China has been unwilling to openly discuss any dealings it has had with the Taliban. The aim of Mr. Mr. China’s supersonic submarine, which could go from Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes, creeps ever closer to reality. Researchers in China are reporting that they’ve taken a big step towards creating a supersonic submarine.
This technology, which could just as easily be applied to weaponized torpedoes as military or civilian submarines, could theoretically get from Shanghai to San Francisco — about 6,000 miles — in just 100 minutes. If all this doesn’t sound crazy enough, get this: This new advance by the Chinese is based on supercavitation, which was originally developed by the Soviets in the ’60s, during the Cold War. As you may already know, it’s a lot harder for an object to move quickly through water than air.
This is mostly due to increased drag. Anyway, much like a small-engined car is ultimately limited by its ability to cut through wind resistance (drag), a submarine or torpedo needs insane amounts of power to achieve high velocity through water. How a normal torpedo works, vs. a supercavitation torpedo Which brings us neatly onto China. Read our featured story: The science of beam weapons. China's Military Is about to Go Global. THE CHINESE armed forces are on the move—but to where?
For over a decade, academics, policy wonks and government officials have been engaged in a relentless debate about Beijing’s military capabilities and intentions. To some, China is an expansionist country akin to Wilhelmine Germany. Others argue that while China’s assertive behavior in its regional island disputes is disconcerting, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is completely focused on domestic stability and therefore lacks global ambition. This debate about current Chinese capabilities and intentions is widespread, fervent—and beside the point.
While the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will seek an increased global presence, this does not mean it will begin fighting major wars and stationing troops abroad. Contrary to the extremes of the current debate, the Chinese military will be neither hollow nor a juggernaut. China to launch hack-proof quantum communication network in 2016. Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network. Ninja Economics on Twitter: "50% of China's GDP comes from the areas in orange h/t @conradhackett. Murder, Sex and Corruption: Beijing's Difficult Transition of Power. China's Ignores International Arbitration in South China Sea Dispute | The New Republic. China's Xi receives highest rating among world leaders - China - Chinadaily.com.cn. China's Role in the Global Economy: myths and realities. Why are so many Chinese children drowning? Return of the Silk Road - Geographical. From tomorrow on, high-speed rail will take you from Shanghai to Guangzhou in 7 hours!: Shanghaiist.
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