What China’s Energy Trajectory Says About Climate Change

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The Chinese government said it was facing the difficult task of keeping its economy thriving while respecting the environment at the same time. With the International Energy Agency warning of an unstable future, the world’s climate outlook may hinge on the development of major Asian economies.

“Climate change is already a serious threat to food, water, ecological and energy security, and to people’s lives and property,” a report from the Chinese government said. ”The mission to deal with climate change is very arduous, but knowledge in society and ability to do this are weak across the board.”

China in September surpassed the United States to become the largest oil importer in the world, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In a country profile, the EIA said the Chinese government has put a priority on developing a natural gas and renewable energy-based power sector, though it still leads the world in terms of coal consumption.

Last week, Beijing said it installed 7.9 gigawatts of wind power, 3.6 gigawatts of solar, and experienced similar strides in nuclear energy and hydroelectric power this year. Combined, the 36 gigawatts of renewable energy added to the Chinese grid during the first 10 months of the year were twice what were installed last year.

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