Friday roundup highlighting environmental news and commentary of the week 

China flooding: Wuhan on red alert for further rain [BBC]

Record levels of rainfall have wrecked havoc in central China, causing widespread flooding that has claimed over 180 lives and forced 1.4 million people to relocate.

How China's trawlers are emptying Guinea's oceans [BBC]

Illegal fishing by Chinese trawlers in Guinea’s waters has taken a severe toll on the local fishing industry leading to plummeting fish stocks and loss of income.  As the Guinean government lacks the funds and resources to patrol and monitor its oceans, the situation looks set to continue. Chinese fishing vessels have been present in West Africa’s waters for over 30 years and have been caught frequently engaging in IUU activities.

Beijing v belching chimneys [Economist]

China’s central government is cracking down on polluting heavy industries but still struggling to break its dependence on coal-fired power plants.

China to Pillory, or Praise, Cities Based on Water Pollution [New York Times]

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced plans to publish rankings of cities based on their water pollution levels similar to its quarterly air quality rankings. Only the very best and very worst of 338 cities will be named and shamed (or praised) however and the 21 metrics used to test the water quality also won’t be released making these rankings slightly less transparent than their smoggy counterparts.

Downsizing China’s consumer dream could bring huge carbon cuts, report says [China Dialogue]

Changing consumer habits and pursuing a more modest growth model could cut China’s carbon emissions by up to 43% on 2010 levels, according to a new study by the Tsinghua-Brookings Center for Public Policy.