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    As China uses less coal, its emissions of CO2 may be past their peak

As China uses less coal, its emissions of CO2 may be past their peak

Something quite remarkable is happening in China. The country’s coal use grew at more than eight per cent per year between 2000 and 2013. But, in 2014, coal use barely grew at all and then it actually fell by more than three per cent in 2015.

Figure 1: Chinese coal consumption, 1990–2015

Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

This drop in coal consumption […]

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    The environment and climate change: 10 posts to help you take a stance

The environment and climate change: 10 posts to help you take a stance

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An environmental disaster in Brazil raises highly problematic risk and regulation issues

In this regulatory regime, parent companies are seen as responsible and the federal regulator as weak, writes Martin Lodge

 
Business involvement in climate negotiations has come a long way

But businesses are not yet playing a leading role in the new area of climate cooperation, writes Robert Falkner

 

 

Refining the climate […]

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    New economics of climate change action challenges ‘costly burden’ arguments

New economics of climate change action challenges ‘costly burden’ arguments

As representatives from more than 190 countries gather in Paris to negotiate an international deal to tackle climate change it is timely to reflect on the evolving economic rationale for international climate cooperation.

A central conclusion of the 2006 Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change was that the global costs of failing to act on climate change would […]