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Wonkbook: What good is a climate summit without emissions cuts?

The most interesting part of President Obama's U.N. speech was what he didn't say.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Sep 24, 2014

A quarter of McDonald’s restaurants in China may have been serving expired meat

Meat and food scandals are killing McDonald's and KFC's reputation in China.

How China’s appetite for raw materials is transforming the world

A new book about China's "resource quest" looks at the country's search for raw materials overseas — and how that's upending the global economy.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 13, 2014

China installed record amounts of solar power in 2013. But coal is still winning.

Last year, China added far more fossil-fuel capacity than it did solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear power combined.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 30, 2014

Do ambassadors matter?

These days, they're mostly salespeople for American business.

This one number explains how China is taking over the world

China's renminbi is now the No. 2 currency for global trade finance. Here's why that matters for the global economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 3, 2013

Why China isn’t likely to overtake the U.S. in science anytime soon

Lawmakers are hurting scientific research in the United States. On the other hand, China is still nowhere near catching up.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 17, 2013

A Trumka-to-China moment? He’s the first ever AFL-CIO president to make the trip.

The face of American labor goes to a place that's posed its biggest challenge.

China’s plan to clean up air pollution could be a climate disaster

China currently has plans to build synthetic gas plants to curtail air pollution in the cities. Scientists warn that could have huge unintended consequences.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 26, 2013

These maps show how Asia is taking over the oil markets

Over the past three decades, the U.S. and Europe have pared back their oil use, but the world as a whole keeps using more.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 26, 2013

Did JPMorgan commit bribery by hiring the kids of Chinese politicians?

The latest investigation into JPMorgan's hiring practices is part of a bigger shift in how the U.S. government deals with corruption.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 19, 2013

China will spend roughly the GDP of Hong Kong to fight air pollution

"China will spend $275 billion over the next five years improving air quality—roughly the same as the GDP of Hong Kong."

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 12, 2013

China’s Fox News says U.S. ‘ate the dirt’ on Snowden

As for China, well, they "only showed hesitation and weakness."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 8, 2013

Chinese ports operate around the clock. Why don’t America’s?

U.S. ports are way less productive than Asia's, which makes everything more expensive.

The UK wants to filter porn. Here’s how it might hurt the Internet.

UK internet service providers will start filtering porn soon. Similar measures in other countries haven't worked out so well.

A very clear explanation of China’s economic woes

Patrick Chovanec explains how the world's second-biggest economy can fix itself.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 16, 2013

Coal pollution in China is cutting life expectancy by 5.5 years

A new study finds that particulate pollution from coal burning in north China is far deadlier than anyone realized.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 8, 2013

A lot of CEOs get taken hostage in China

A medical device manufacturer was taken hostage in his own Chinese factory, which makes sense in a place where workers have few options.

China is testing out cap-and-trade — but will it actually work?

China is getting ready to test out restrictions on carbon emissions in seven different cities this year. But researchers have spotted a potential flaw.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 12, 2013

The mobile, social, increasingly Chinese Internet, in 10 charts

China, mobile devices, and online sharing are all on the rise.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 6, 2013
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