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Jan 10, 2010

Who's Sleeping Now? (NY Times)

By Thomas L. Friedman January 10, 2010 C. H. Tung, the first Chinese-appointed chief executive of Hong Kong after the handover in 1997, offered me a three-sentence summary the other day of China’s modern economic history: “China was asleep during the Industrial Revolution. She was just waking during the Information Technology Revolution. She intends to participate fully in the Green Revolution.”
Dec 21, 2009

Green Giant - Beijing's Crash Program for Clean Energy (The New Yorker)

By Evan Osnos December 21, 2009 On March 3, 1986, four of China’s top weapons scientists—each a veteran of the missile and space programs—sent a private letter to Deng Xiaoping, the leader of the country. Their letter was a warning: Decades of relentless focus on militarization had crippled the country’s civilian scientific establishment; China must join the world’s xin jishu geming, the “new technological revolution,” they said, or it would be left behind. They called for an élite project devoted to technology ranging from biotech to space research. Deng agreed, and scribbled on the letter, “Action must be taken on this now.” This was China’s “Sputnik moment,” and the project was code-named the 863 Program, for the year and month of its birth. In the years that followed, the government pumped billions of dollars into labs and universities and enterprises, on projects ranging from cloning to underwater robots. Then, in 2001, Chinese officials abruptly expanded one program in particular: energy technology.
Oct 19, 2009

A Race to Win the Clean-Tech Market, or an Opportunity to Cooperate? (NY Times)

Lisa Friedman of ClimateWire October 19, 2009 BAODING, China -- Water once ruled this teeming urban center, back when its most famous commodity was vegetables, when the farms outnumbered the apartments, and before the town's landmark 11-story building was surpassed by hundreds twice that size. Equipment manufacturing was a major part of the economy in this one-time agricultural center about 85 miles southwest of Beijing, but the region's water quality also made film production one of the city's top industries. Digital cameras put a swift end to that, city leaders said. And so began the hunt for something new. Baoding found it in 'green' energy, specifically the manufacturing of wind turbines and solar photovoltaics (PV).
Sep 27, 2009

The New Sputnik (NY Times)

By Thomas L. Friedman September 27, 2009 Most people would assume that 20 years from now when historians look back at 2008-09, they will conclude that the most important thing to happen in this period was the Great Recession. I’d hold off on that. If we can continue stumbling out of this economic crisis, I believe future historians may well conclude that the most important thing to happen in the last 18 months was that Red China decided to become Green China. Yes, China’s leaders have decided to go green — out of necessity because too many of their people can’t breathe, can’t swim, can’t fish, can’t farm and can’t drink thanks to pollution from its coal- and oil-based manufacturing growth engine. And, therefore, unless China powers its development with cleaner energy systems, and more knowledge-intensive businesses without smokestacks, China will die of its own development.
May 2, 2007

China's Coal-Fueled Boom Has Costs

Dr. Fuqiang Yang, CSEP's Chief Representative in Beijing, discusses the cost of coal to China's environment on National Public Radio.
Apr 27, 2007

Is China Outdoing the US in Curbing Carbon?

China's plans to limit emissions and boost efficiency could undercut a key argument against carbon dioxide limits in the US. With comments from Dr. Mark Levine of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and CSEP's Douglas Ogden.
Oct 18, 2006

Tax System to Rein In Energy Use

To address the urgent need for energy conservation, China's governmental bodies and research institutes are working on a taxation system to curb soaring energy consumption.
Oct 18, 2006

China Fuel Tax its Best Weapon to Check Oil Demand

China's energy planners are ready to take the bitter pill of an unpopular nationwide fuel tax to put the brakes on runaway fuel demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer.
Oct 18, 2006

Bush Signs On to Help Clean Air in China

President Bush has pledged to help developing nations such as China and India cut back on their fast-growing output of the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Oct 18, 2006

Choking on Growth

Rapid economic development has led to filthy air. The good news: this is a mess that can be cleaned up.

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