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China Emerging As New Leader In Clean Energy Policies

        

         In the last two years, China has implemented a series of ambitious clean energy policies that will help to dramatically reduce the growth of the countrys energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, its Top-1000 Enterprise Program, explained in more detail below, will reduce more carbon at a faster rate than most western energy initiatives underway today. These policies are also advancing new technologies, especially in energy efficiency and renewable energy. China has established the worlds most aggressive energy efficiency target, which calls for a 20% reduction in energy intensity between 2005 and 2010 (which is a nations energy consumption per unit of GDP). If fully implemented, this target would translate to a reduction of over 1.5 billion tons of CO2 in just five years. In comparison, the EU commitment under Kyoto is about 300 million tons of CO2 between 1997 and 2012.

EXPEDITION NEWS,June 2010

         Now in its 16th year, is the monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures. It is distributed online to media representatives, corporate sponsors, educators, research librarians, explorers, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts.

         This forum on exploration covers projects that stimulate, motivate and educate. Intensive trials are under way as the world's largest solar-powered yacht prepares to circumnavigate the globe. As heavy as a whale and 98-ft. long, the vessel is adorned with photovoltaic panels large enough to cover over two tennis courts which its crew hopes will enable it to complete the 31,100-mile journey fueled by nothing but energy from the sun. The trip is planned for spring 2011.

IFCE NEWS/ACTIVITIES IFCE co-sponsored 2010 US-China Climate Roundtable Discussion in Washington D.C.

         On March 10, 2010, the first one of a US-China Climate Roundtable Series was held at UN Foundation, Washington DC. The roundtable series was co-hosted by International Fund for Chinas Environment, National Wildlife federation and United Nations Foundation. The purpose of this roundtable was to create a better understanding of the priorities, differences, and the collaboration of both countries and their connection to the world after Copenhagen.