For General Motors and the Obama administration, the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid represents the automotive future, the culmination of decades of high-tech research financed partly with federa

The bankruptcies of three American solar power companies in the last month, including Solyndra of California on Wednesday, have left China’s industry with a dominant sales position — almost three-f

A $230 million refinery being built here in an effort to break China

Heavy rains in central China last week will help China produce extra hydroelectric power in the coming weeks, but not enough to avoid severe electricity shortages this summer, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Many factories in the country

Even as China prepares to open bullet train service from Beijing to Shanghai by July 1, this nation

The Chinese government is considering plans to subsidize the use of energy-efficient materials and renewable energy technologies in new buildings and is encouraging provincial and municipal governments to impose stricter efficiency standards than the national minimums, Chinese officials said Wednesday.


It is a power struggle that is causing a power shortage


As the United States takes its first steps toward mandating that power companies generate more electricity from renewable sources, China already has a similar requirement and is investing billions to remake itself into a green energy superpower.

Delegates from scores of shipping nations signed an agreement on Friday at a conference of the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations in Hong Kong to require stronger environmental standards in recycling old ships. The rules will not become binding for at least two years, after a complex ratification formula is met.