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China's 5 biggest environmental stories of 2015

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2015-12-31

2015 saw China transform its position on the world stage and leap through several environmental milestones while continuing to battle disasters and severe pollution problems.  Here are five of the biggest environmental stories from...

After Tianjin, families struggle to piece their lives back together

Blog entry by Qian Cheng | 2015-12-24

Just before midnight on August 12 2015, two blasts ripped through the Binhai New Area port of Tianjin. The blasts were so powerful that they could be seen from space and terrifying footage of the explosions was circulated...

Friday Five: Beijing battens down for its second red alert pollution, and more

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2015-12-18

China smog: Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert [BBC] Beijing's’ brief respite from the smog is at an end as high forecast levels of pollution have brought on the second ever Red Alert since the system began in 2013...

Recent wave of enforcement could be vanishing vaquita’s saving grace

Blog entry by Alexandra Andersson | 2015-12-18

This month sees three significant actions to tackle Hong Kong’s underground totoaba trade – the force that’s driving vaquitas to extinction This month is ‘make or break’ for the world’s 57 remaining vaquitas.  Despite dire...

Friday Five: Red Alert and good(ish) news for elephants

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2015-12-11

Friday round up featuring environmental news and commentary of the week China's rooftops hold power to propel solar into the mass market [Reuters] Arrival of new third-party financing models could help China’s urban rooftop...

Friday Five: COP21 and return of the Airpocalypse

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2015-12-04

China joins poor countries in pointing finger at wealthy states over emissions [Guardian]  Arguably the most important climate meeting of the decade got underway this week as 154 world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss how to...

What will it take for Beijing to call a Red Alert on pollution?

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2015-12-01

Beijing is currently suffering through a 4th continuous day of ‘Airpocalypse’. The city is blanketed in a thick, choking smog that has covered an area of North China the size of Spain and Beijing’s most famous landmarks have been...

China’s chance to influence the fight against illegal timber trade

Blog entry by Wenjin Pan | 2015-11-25

“With great power comes great responsibility” is a saying that has some links to Voltaire but whose origins are more associated with the Spiderman comics. It has continuing relevance today when it comes to protecting the world’s...

Friday Five: China's 'duty to humanity' and under-reported coal consumption

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2015-11-06

Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week:   China underreporting coal consumption by up to 17%, data suggests [Guardian] China has underreported the amount of coal it consumes by 600 million tons...

Friday Five: Smog and Five Year Plan predictions

Blog entry by amcgurk | 2015-10-30

Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week:   China’s cadres ready “greener” Five Year Plan [China Dialogue] Primary discussions determining China’s 13 th Five Year Plan concluded this week, leaving us...

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