This piece was co-written with William Miao. It originally appeared on ChinaFAQs. Amidst headlines detailing off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing, it may come as a surprise that China’s latest environmental scorecard does boast bright spots. The 2014 Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI) – a biennial global ranking of how well countries perform on a range […]
While The Lord of the Rings films have brought global attention to New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery and natural environment, a recent dairy contamination scandal by Fonterra – the largest dairy producer in the country – has blighted New Zealand’s image as “100% Pure.” Environmental issues are now at the forefront of the country’s policy debate, marked by concerns regarding […]
A few of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute students who attended the COP-18 UN Climate Conference in Doha, Qatar in December, 2012 made this fun video about one of the art sculptures in the Qatar National Convention Center.
The lexicon of climate change negotiations is always full of alphabet soup – the UNFCCC, GHGs, AWG-KP, AWG-LCA – the list is endless, particularly in reference to negotiation blocs, which can be as simple as G77 & China, EU-27, BASIC, BRIC, etc. etc. While negotiation blocs have traditionally been defined in terms of economic development, it […]
On Saturday, I participated in the annual Yale Day of Service organized by Yale Blue Green and NYC Cool Roofs. The activity was to coat a roof of a low-incoming housing development in Harlem, NYC in a white elastin material that helps buildings reflect solar infrared radiation and keep them cool (read more about how cool roofs work here). NYC Cool Roofs is an initiative that was started to help NYC reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Although they are in the process of collecting data on energy and cost savings, cool roofs are supposed to yield 30 percent reductions in cooling bills during summer months. I was really happy I got to learn about this “cool” initiative and help to coat one of their roofs.
The Obama administration’s fourth major meeting with China, involving multiple Cabinet Secretaries and Chinese Ministers, theStrategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), will be held May 3 and 4 in Beijing. As usual, the U.S. delegation will be lead by Secretaries Clinton and Geithner, and their Chinese hosts will be Vice Premier Wang Qishan (who focuses on economic policy) and State Councilor Dai Bingguo (responsible for foreign policy).
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It may not be coincidental that soon after NBA Knicks’ Jeremy Lin dazzled the nation with a seemingly infallible jump-shot, China’s vice president, heir apparent and avid basketball fan Xi Jinping made an official U.S. visit. But while Lin — a Harvard graduate raised with Chinese and […]
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