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Friday roundup highlighting environmental news and commentary of the week

Study Finds China’s Ecosystems Have Become Healthier [WSJ]

Government efforts to restore China’s degraded ecosystems such as forests and grasslands have begun to bear fruit according to a new study published in Science, leading to improved soil retention, flood mitigation and a reduction in sandstorms. 

Groundwater Pumping Sinks Beijing Region at Increasing Rate  [Circle of Blue]

Beijing is sinking! The water-scarce giant has been steadily depleting its groundwater in order to sustain its 20 million strong population, causing the city to suffer from soil subsidence. Chaoyang District has been sinking at a rate of up to 4.3 inches a year.

China's Tainted Soil Initiative Lacks Pay Plan [Caixin]

China is finally taking steps to tackle its terrible soil quality following years of scandals, but the Soil Ten Action Plan released at the beginning of the month lacks important details for a plan for funding as well as legally binding legislation.

China Mulls Fishing Ban on Yangtze River [Sixth Tone]

China’s longest river could soon be subject to a fishing ban as fish stocks are in danger of dying out. The proposed ban would take effect from 2020, but this would still leave the communities and aquatic wildlife of the river struggling with floods, pollution and shipping traffic.

One company’s mission to turn China’s waste into energy [Eco Business]

A Shanghai startup is hoping to start a poo-to-power energy revolution by processing waste into biogas, fertilizer and building materials.