Hongqiao Liu is a Chinese journalist who has been covering climate change since 2010. She now writes for Carbon Brief where she decodes China’s climate and energy policies.

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Hongqiao Liu's journalism brings facts, nuance and context to heated discussions about China and provides digestible information on complex policy issues. She debuted as a journalist at the age of 20, reporting on a severe social conflict with the help of Chinese social media on Weibo, a method that changed how journalists and citizens document critical social events in China. Her early career saw her publish a series of influential exposés on social, environmental and governance challenges. Her work has triggered public debate, helped foster accountability and sparked critical reform of several national environmental policies in China.

Liu's first coverage on climate change dates back to 2010. In the decade since, the topic has become the main focus of her work. She now writes for Carbon Brief, an award-winning specialist website focused on explaining climate science and policy, where she decodes China’s climate and energy policies for readers around the world. She believes in the power of journalism in fostering informed discussion, decision-making and actions on tackling climate change -- the biggest challenge of our century.

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