08 April 2016

Woman Fetches Water in Yangtze River © Lu Guang / Greenpeace


China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked, but It’s Hazy [New York Times]

Several reports over the past year and a half have proffered the hope that China’s carbon emissions could peak up to a decade earlier than originally promised, which if correct, would mean wonderful things for the future of the planet. However, as we’re still in the eye of the storm, it’s still too early to tell if this is a blip or a continuing trend.

Court in Hubei to Hear Case against a Major Chemical Producer [Caixin]

A Hubei court is to hear a case against a chemical producer after a complaint was filed by a local NGO. China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation took action against the Hubei Yihua Group after it contaminated 33 hectares of forest land by dumping untreated wastewater nearby.

China braces for 'severe' flooding on Yangtze River [Reuters]

This year’s El Niño is expected to bring severe flooding to the Yangtze River, state media warned this week. The predictions are based on the last time the region experienced a similar weather pattern in 1998 which caused thousands of deaths and enormous damage through flooding. Some stretches are predicted to see 80% more rainfall than normal.

Bad Earth: The Human Cost of Pollution in China [China File]

This stunning collection of portraits and landscapes shows the extent of China’ s pollution problem and its impacts on ordinary people. The pictures are a damning reminder of the huge toll taken on the populace by the reckless strategy of “pollute now, clean up later”.  The series, taken by photographer Souvid Datta, takes in China’s vast and severely damaged northern region, from Tianjin, Beijing and Hebei, to Inner Mongolia.

One Billion Strong: Can Chinese Megacities Lead on Urban Conservation? [Huffington Post]

China’s breakneck rate of urbanisation represents the biggest migration in history and potentially one of the biggest environmental problems. Pascal Mittermaier from the Nature Conservancy suggests that the world could learn from China’s urban sustainability work.