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August 17, 2017

For South Asia, Rising Temperatures In India And Pakistan Could Bear Deadly Consequences

Last year was the hottest ever recorded, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is dangerous news for the entire world, but especially for South Asia, where rising temperatures are a matter of life or death. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

June 28, 2017

Mark Clifford: The Greening of Asia

Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford talked about the economic rise of Asia, why economic growth has been such a disaster for the environment, his book The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency, and whether China is ready to fill the global leadership role in fighting climate change.

June 5, 2017

Why India Thinks A Trillion-Dollar Price Tag Is Worth Staying In The Paris Climate Accord

After President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord last week, many are looking to China to champion the deal in its place. But there is another country just as committed to leading the charge on climate change: India. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

March 1, 2017

Vietnam’s Economy Is On Fire, And Fueled By Coal: How It Can Create A Greener Future

More creative policies are needed if Vietnam is to break the link between economic growth and electricity use. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

February 26, 2017

Decarbonization: Opportunities in ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continues its rapid pace of urbanization and industrialization, making it a bright spot in the global economy. ASEAN’s growth relies on increasing amounts of electricity, and coal is an easy choice because it is cheap, abundant, and reliable. Unlike renewables, coal doesn’t need the sun to shine, the

November 14, 2016

Climate Expert Says China Committed To Battling Climate Change — Even If The U.S. Drops Out Of Paris Accord

With Donald J. Trump the President-elect of the United States, the momentous Joint Agreement on Climate Change, signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which was heralded as a rare moment of policy coordination, may soon be relegated to the dustbin of history. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

November 4, 2016

First Solar Slashes Revenue Expectations By $1B As Demand For Solar In China Slows

Sales fell 45.9% to $688 million, and CEO Mark R. Widmar officially slashed sales guidance for 2016 to $2.8-$2.9 billion from $3.8-$4 billion, due to the timing of certain utility-scale solar project sales. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

July 29, 2016

4 Things You Need To Know About China’s Record Solar Installations (They Aren’t All Pretty)

We’re used to big numbers from China, but the reported 20 gigawatts or so of solar power that was installed in the first half of 2016 are worth a close look. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

July 26, 2016

Chinese Government Subsidies Play Major Part In Electric Car Maker BYD’s Rise

South Korea’s Samsung group apparently bought into China auto maker BYD as a way of improving its prospects in China, where it has struggled against government protection of the local industry. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.

July 20, 2016

Climate Expert Says China Is A Decade Ahead Of Schedule On Reducing CO2 Emissions

One of China’s top climate scientists says that China is on track to see carbon dioxide emissions peak between 2020 and 2022, almost a decade earlier than the Chinese leadership has promised. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.