Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week:

Water pollution causes millions of RMB of damage across Anhui and Shandong(Chinese only) [thepaper] 

It’s been a bad week for the fishing industry in China as 40,000 fish died overnight in Shandong’s Zaozhang City and over 10,000 tons of fish, crabs and prawns have been found dead across two aquafarms in Anhui Province since June 26. Authorities in Anhui have set up an investigation to find out the source of the pollution which has so far cost the local fisheries 190,000,000 RMB of damage.

China puts up ads showing environmental problems in India [Times of India] 

China has been putting up pictures of pollution problems in India in order to warn the public of the effects of climate change. Posters have been appearing in popular shopping spots such as Beijing’s Wangfujing highlighting problems like sand storms and plastic garbage. 

Petrochina pays 200 million RMB in compensation following NGO lawsuit [Global Times]

Petrochina, one of China’s biggest petrol companies has agreed to pay 200 million RMB in compensation for sea water contamination in Dalian. The pre-trial settlement comes as a result of a lawsuit by domestic NGO, taking advantage of China’s new laws that allow environmental organizations to sue polluters. 

China seriously toughens up food safety laws with new draft (Chinese only) [Sina News] 

China’s new food safety law has been seriously toughened up with a new draft issued this week. Highlights include: new amendments which allow fines of up to 30 times the total value of illegally produced or managed food; increased liability of third party online shopping platforms; increased administrative detention for use of illegal materials in production; and five year bans on trading for companies that publish false reports.

China's Geely Group invests $45.5 mn in renewable methanol fuel producer CRI [Business Standard] 

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is investing 45.5 million USD in Iceland’s Carbon Recycling International, a leading developer of renewable methanol fuel. Geely, which first began exploring methanol-fueled vehicles in 2005, has already deployed methanol-fueled fleets of taxis across the country. 

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The Chinese government is using animals to predict earthquakes [Business Insider]
The Chinese government's use of animals to predict earthquakes continues to gain international attention. Researchers in Nanjing hope that by monitoring animal behaviour they can predict whether an earthquake is about to hit. Signs apparently include chickens flying atop trees, fish leaping out of water or toads moving in a group.