Environment Publications

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

Nov 06, 2014
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.

Report of Activities 2011-2013

Oct 02, 2014
The Brazil Institute releases the 2011-2013 Report of Activities

Lost in Transmission: Distributed Solar Generation in China

Aug 21, 2014
China has set an ambitious goal to add more than 8 GW of distributed solar generation by the end of 2014 -- over half of the total solar power capacity in the U.S. now. However, China is facing many challenges to meet this goal.

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Jun 13, 2014
Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Snapshot of China’s Wind Industry

May 17, 2014
China accounts for 28.7% of the world’s installed wind power capacity. China is also the fastest growing market for wind power in the world.

INFOGRAPHIC: Environmental Impacts of China’s Pork Industry

Mar 16, 2014
China consumes about half of the world’s pork. The average pig in China produces 5.3 kg of waste each day, which contains nutrients, heavy metals, and pharmaceutical residues.

PHOTO ESSAY: Coal Complex Shows Costs of China’s Energy Demands

Mar 04, 2014
By 2020, coal consumption in China is projected to increase by 30 percent, and already, 20 percent of water withdrawn in the country goes to coal mining, processing, and cooling of coal-fired power plants. The water intensity of the coal industry is a significant quandary for a country that is already facing a water scarcity crisis (water availability per capita is one-quarter the global average).

INFOGRAPHIC: “Trading Wealth, Trading Pollution” – Chinese Pollution and Western Consumption are Linked

Mar 04, 2014
Chinese pollution and western consumption are linked. In January 2014, a tri-national team of researchers released a study showing that much of the pollution from heavy industries concentrated in eastern China stems from export production. Some of this pollution drifts across the Pacific Ocean and is deteriorating the air quality over the western United States.

Pakistan's Urbanization-Urban Transport Planning: Moving People and the Economy

Jan 27, 2014
Murtaza Haider, an associate dean at Ryerson University in Toronto, examines how Pakistan can overcome its considerable urban transport challenges.

The Push and Pull for Hydropower in Vietnam and Cambodia

Jan 15, 2014
This new research brief analyzes the short- and long-term impact of hydropower development in Vietnam and Cambodia, and its relationship with China.