Friday  round up highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week.

Have China’s Carbon Emissions Already Peaked? [Guardian]

A new report from LSE’s Grantham Institute made a splash this week by suggesting that China could have already reached peak coal. The report suggested that the slowing economy coupled with national and regional efforts to combat air pollution were responsible for China’s emissions declining for a second year in a row. If the trend continues, it means that China has already reached peak coal- 16 years before previous estimates of 2030.

China says slowing economy won't stop anti-pollution efforts [AP]

China’s Environment Minister Chen Jining announced that China will restructure its economy away from polluting industries, ending an era of pursuing rapid growth at enormous cost to the environment. However, existing policies such as  continuing plans to build new coal power plants despite existing overcapacity need to change before this can be put into effect.

China's Toxic Waste Problem Is Just as Bad as Its Notorious Air Pollution [VICE]

The horrifying news that a restaurant owner died from inhaling toxic fumes from waste dumped in a parking lot near his restaurant circulated this week, bringing national attention to China’s toxic waste problem. Far from a one off, the toxic waste dumping which took place in Baoding [previously known for being China’s most polluted city] has been described as an ‘epidemic’ by China environmental watchdogs.

Pan Yue's vision of green China [China Dialogue]

One of China’s most influential environmental ministers is moving on from the Ministry of Environmental Protection.. Nicknamed Hurricane Pan, he has been instrumental  in shaping China’s environmental policy over the last ten years. China Dialogue takes a look at his legacy.

How China’s 13th Five-Year Plan Addresses Energy and the Environment [China File]

A comprehensive breakdown of how China’s 13th Five Year plan will tackle China’s energy sector and environmental problems.