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published Dec 3, 2018
China is now at a crucial juncture in its monumental transformation from the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases to a low-carbon economy. Its goal has been very clear since the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reached the Paris Agreement in 2015.
On July 3, the State Council issued its Air Quality Action Plan for the next three years (2018-2020), a renewal of its previous five-year program for air pollution prevention and control. So far, this is the clearest indication of the Chinese government’s determination to continue its campaign of environmental cleanup—the so-called “Battle for Blue Skies.” It’s effectively announcing to the world that its commitment to green development for the country is still going strong as the Chinese economy settles into slower growth rates with a looming trade war on the horizon.
published Jun 29, 2018
Earlier this year, the Chinese Government made a momentous decision to hand over climate change responsibilities to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. This means that the newly formed Ministry is now in possession of a significant political mandate that its predecessor the Ministry of Environmental Protection was never able to obtain.
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