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30 October 2012

BERCshop: Ready, Set, Bid: Previewing California’s First Greenhouse Gas Auction

Please join us on Thursday, November 8th, 5:30 – 7:30, for a panel with cap-and-trade experts to discuss the mechanics of the auction, its goals, controversy and challenges surrounding the auction, and uses of the auction revenue.

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30 October 2012

Presidential debates’ main energy content an unproductive exchange on gas prices and drilling

While not a word was mentioned about climate change in any of the debates, the presidential candidates also missed an opportunity to set the public straight on energy policy and investments.

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30 October 2012

The South China Sea Islands

Between past attempted collaborations, national symbols, and media hype, the islands in the East China Sea has an under-recognized potential for international collaboration

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30 October 2012

The Dilemma of a Nuclear IPO: A cool-headed look at Chinese nuclear stock offerings

Nuclear IPOs may seem enticing for international investments. However, information asymmetry, uncertain policies, and risk allocation suggest that investors should think twice.

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30 October 2012

Transportation: Guangzhou Adopts New License Plate Limits

A new policy affecting car registration mayl reduce the number of new cars on the streets of Guangzhou by approximately half.

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Piloting Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Tax Programs

After announcing its plans to implement its own carbon emissions trading scheme with collaboration with the EU, China is on its way to building the world’s second largest emissions market after that of the EU, reports Bloomberg News.

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30 October 2012

Friction grows due to labor conditions in Chinese mines in Africa

Recently, Human Rights Watch, the international NGO headquartered in New York City, reported that work conditions at Zambia’s Chinese-owned mines have improved but are still a source of concern and conflict.

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30 October 2012

Collaborations between LBNL and China aims to improve the cement industry

Global annual cement production is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2050. The largest share of this growth will mainly take place in newly industrialized countries around Asia, such as China and India.