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

China’s cadres ready “greener” Five Year Plan [China Dialogue]

Primary discussions determining China’s 13th Five Year Plan concluded this week, leaving us with the proposed end of the One Child Policy and this horrible, horrible, song. The next phase of China’s development looks set to be a greener, more ambitious plan, focusing on ‘quality’ rather than ‘quantity’. This will include stricter enforcement of environmental law, more fines and greater environmental responsibilities for local governments.

China warns of severe winter smog, worsened by El Nino [Reuters]

It’s set to be a hazy winter in China as El Nino will be bringing less wind and rain to the northern region, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Winter is usually the most polluted season in the north and eastern regions as heating demands drive up coal and energy use. The ministry has already proposed stepping up inspections of construction sites and allowing heavily polluting industries to operate in shifts to try and keep the PM2.5 readings down.

China NGOs win landmark environmental lawsuit [China Daily]

Two domestic NGOs won a landmark case in Fujian this week after battling with local mine owners for several months. The defendants were fined 1.27 million RMB and ordered to plant trees over the next three years in order to compensate for the damage to local forest and vegetation. This is the first non-pollution related case to be heard by Chinese courts since new laws came into effect on January 15 allowing NGOs to sue polluters.

Sunny Days Are Ahead, Except In China [Science 20]

Surface temperature is increasing across the entire world, except for China, which is doing the opposite, according to a study by the University of Gothenburg. China’s surface temperature is decreasing due to combination of high air pollution levels and low surface winds, leading to solar dimming.

China’s clampdown on stalk burning shows limits of command-and-control [China Dialogue]

Seasonal stalk burning was partially to blame for Beijing’s mini airpocalypse during the National Holiday in early October. This is a recurring problem that authorities are still struggling to deal with, despite dishing out multiple fines and detentions in Beijing’s surrounding provinces.