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China, World’s Leading Methane Polluter, Drafts Plan to Cut Emissions

China, World’s Leading Methane Polluter, Drafts Plan to Cut Emissions

During a surprise appearance at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Thursday, China’s top climate diplomat touted a draft plan to reduce methane emissions.  However, the country stopped short of signing on to the Global Methane Pledge to cut methane emissions 30 percent by 2030, despite being the world’s leading polluter of […]

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    U.S. Commerce Department to Investigate if Asian Solar Panel Manufacturers Are Evading Tariffs

    U.S. Commerce Department to Investigate if Asian Solar Panel Manufacturers Are Evading Tariffs

    The Commerce Department is investigating if solar panel manufacturers are circumventing tariffs — imposed because of Chinese solar panel companies using forced labor of Uyghur Muslims — by using factories in Southeast Asia, and U.S. solar energy industry groups are furious. The investigation could result in retroactive tariffs of up to 240%. About 80% of panels installed […]

    Biden Extends Trump-Era Tariffs on Solar Panel Imports, With Some Exceptions

    Biden Extends Trump-Era Tariffs on Solar Panel Imports, With Some Exceptions

    President Biden has extended Trump-era tariffs on imported solar panels with some exceptions, including “bifacial” solar panels that are used in large-scale solar projects. Two important factors in the decision to extend the tariffs were supporting the domestic manufacturing of solar panels and bolstering the transition to clean energy. Tariffs on imported solar cells and […]

    U.S. and China Announce Surprise Climate Agreement at COP26

    U.S. and China Announce Surprise Climate Agreement at COP26

    The world’s two biggest climate polluters announced a surprise agreement at COP26 Wednesday. The agreement was light on details but was significant nonetheless, and seen as a potentially positive signal of U.S.-China relations. The two countries will take “enhanced climate actions” and “raise ambition in the 2020s” toward keeping the global warming limits central to […]

    U.S., China Announce Climate Actions at UN General Assembly

    U.S., China Announce Climate Actions at UN General Assembly

    The world’s two biggest economies and carbon polluters both announced steps to cut off financing that fuels the climate crisis Tuesday at the UN General Assembly. The announcements come as leaders seek to build momentum before the UN’s COP26 climate conference in November. Xi Announces Ending of Chinese Coal Support Abroad China will no longer […]

    Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

    Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

    For more than a year, a herd of elephants has been on a mysterious journey through southern China. Now, after what is likely the longest-ever trip made by elephants in the country, the wanderers may finally be heading home. The 14-strong herd was guided across the Yuanjiang river in the province of Yunnan, China Sunday […]

    Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered Thanks to Conservation Efforts, China Says

    Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered Thanks to Conservation Efforts, China Says

    China no longer considers giant pandas an endangered species in the wild. Officials announced Wednesday that successful conservation efforts had increased the iconic animals’ population to 1,800, CNN reported. They are now considered “vulnerable.” The change “reflects their improved living conditions and China’s efforts in keeping their habitats integrated,” head of the Ministry of Ecology […]

    15 Elephants Are on a Mysterious, Epic Journey Across China

    15 Elephants Are on a Mysterious, Epic Journey Across China

    Fifteen Asian elephants are in the middle of an epic journey across a Chinese province, and no one knows why. The herd of elephants first left their home in the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in the spring of last year. Since then, they have covered a distance of more than 300 miles in what experts […]