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Friday roundup highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week.

Uncertainty for tigers under China’s new wildlife law [China Dialogue]

China’s newly amended Wildlife Protection Law has come under heavy criticism from environmental groups since it was announced on July 2. While it’s now illegal to eat endangered species, massive loopholes still leave endangered species vulnerable to captive breeding and exploitation in the medicine trade.

China’s pork industry grapples with pollution crisis [Global Meat News]

China’s pork industry is feeling the full weight of a pollution crackdown that has led to arrests and closures of thousands of pig farms.This is the latest wave in a series of crackdowns triggered by 2013’s horrifying ‘dead pig scandal’, in which farmers admitted to dumping 16,000 pig carcasses into tributaries of the Huangpu River- a main drinking source for Shanghai’s 14 million plus residents.

How much Chinese are willing to pay for clean air  [WSJ]

New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research has calculated the exact price that Chinese people are paying to have their air cleansed of pollutants, by analyzing air purifier sales and purchasing habits across China. But while the will is there, considerable financial barriers still threaten to make purified air a paid-for privilege as many lack the means to purchase the machines. Of course, a far better solution is to reduce air pollution in the first place.

Hong Kong Searches for a Culprit as Garbage Piles High on Beaches [New York Times]

Hong Kong is looking for an answer to the mystery wave of trash that inundated its beaches last week.

Pandas get to know their wild side [National Geographic]

China’s herculean efforts to protect the Giant Panda have seen a measure of success, since the iconic animal was classified as endangered in 1990. Now it’s facing a new challenge- overseeing the transition of captive bears into the wild, where they could potentially face threats of habitat destruction.

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China Pledged to Curb Coal Plants. Greenpeace Says It’s Still Adding Them [New York Times]

This week, we revealed China’s plans to add two (unneeded) coal-fired power plants a week despite a new policy designed to tackle overcapacity in the sector.