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CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was Interviewed by the Takeaway on the historical China, US Climate Deal Made in APEC

Two of the world's largest carbon polluters, United States and China have reached a landmark agreement on climate change and energy cooperation. In the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Beijing, China, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have set new targets to cut carbon emissions by 2030. The US says it will emit 26 to 28 percent less carbon, and China vowed to have 20 percent of its energy production come from clean sources. CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by the Takeaway Program about the new deal.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner talked in VOA Global on China’s Measures to Combat Smog in Beijing During APEC

As Asia Pacific leaders gathering in Beijing for regional summit this week, the Chinese government has taken a series of steps to try to reduce the capital city’s infinite smog. CEF Director Jennifer Turner said in a VOA Global interview that these short-term measures were important but not sufficient and it would take time for them to take effect. “They are doing almost everything that they can but … the Ministry of Environmental Protection is still not as powerful as it needs to be,” said Turner.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by Vice News on China’s Air Pollution from Coal-burning

A newly released National Resources Defense Council’s report said 670,000 people died in 2012 because of air pollution generated by coal burning in China. CEF Director Jennifer Turner, when commenting the coal-driven air pollution problem in a Vice News report, emphasized the role of the U.S. consumption in driving China's coal use. “Twenty-five percent of China's electricity production goes to making products for export," said Turner. Also, she pointed out the coal-water choke points China is facing.

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InsightOut Issue 1 - Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas China's Game Changer for Coal?

Managing Editor, Luan (Jonathan) Dong

Natural gas has emerged as a potential game changer on China’s path to reduce its reliance on coal and shift to cleaner energy sources. This shift, however, is bound to require costly investments, raise energy prices, and dampen economic competitiveness in the short term. Moreover, the government’s rapid and extensive expansion of new energy sources also can create new environmental and social challenges.

Capping China’s Coal

In the U.S.-China climate and energy cooperation deal signed in Beijing last week, China’s president Xi Jinping committed to capping CO2 emissions by 2030. However, despite nearly a decade of aggressive policies pushing energy efficiency and renewables, coal use in China has continued to rise and air pollution problems are worsening.

Cautious Optimism: China’s Nuclear Energy Safety Measures Improving


Hong Kong is Not Tiananmen

Hong Kong’s protests present a major problem for China’s leadership in Beijing. This is not 1989, when China used its army and tanks to dispel student protests in Tiananmen Square. Both China and the world have changed. And, most importantly, Hong Kong is not Beijing.

VOA Reported CEF Event on Soil Pollution in China

VOA reported CEF event on China’s soil pollution problems. Isabel Hilton, the editor of chinadialogue, and Qing Wang from the World Bank spoke at the September 18th meeting, with the theme “Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China”. VOA focused on two problems highlighted by Hilton and Wang: China’s lacking of tracking systems of toxic wastes and chemicals, and the unsatisfactory qualities of organic food there. “China has a long way to go to solve its soil pollution,” the report concluded.