China coal mine approvals surge despite climate pledges

From Reuters David Stanway, Muyu Xu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Approvals for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019, government documents showed, with Beijing expecting consumption of the commodity to rise in the coming years even as it steps up its fight against smog and greenhouse gas emissions. Long-term cuts in coal consumption…

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China gets UK aid to boost fracking

From The Express UK BRITAIN has given thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to help fracking in China, it has been revealed – to the anger of cross-party MPs. Foreign Office minister Mark Field has admitted since 2016 the department spent £87,000 on projects to improve the “environmental regulation of shale gas development in China”.…

China not ‘walking the walk’ on methane emissions

From EurekAlert! Public Release: 29-Jan-2019 Chinese regulations on coal mining have not curbed the nation’s growing methane emissions over the past five years as intended Carnegie Institution for Science Washington, DC–Chinese regulations on coal mining have not curbed the nation’s growing methane emissions over the past five years as intended, says new research from a…