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How a black market trade is killing the world’s smallest porpoise

Feature Story | 2015-05-27 at 18:04

In some Asian cultures, the dried swim bladders of certain large fishes are considered a culinary delicacy. To Chinese people they are known as fish maw, and are highly prized as symbols of high social status. However, the senseless worship of...

The ties that bind: Sino-Africa partnership undercut by rogue Chinese fishing companies

Feature Story | 2015-05-20 at 18:09

Between 26 October and 21 November last year, a group of campaigners on the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza, sailed through the waters of Senegal, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in West Africa. The waters were hardly being patrolled as the region...

Africa's fisheries' paradise at a crossroads

Publication | 2015-05-20 at 12:00

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, systematic fishing vessel tonnage fraud and the exportation of a destructive fisheries model.

Agricultural expansion needs regulating!

Blog entry by Shuxuan Chen | 2015-05-12

Sinochem International’s murky rubber plantation deals are threatening a Cameroon UNESCO world heritage site.  On the fringes of one of the world's most precious and delicate areas of pristine rainforest, home to an exceptional...

Seeds of change: on the frontlines of the fight against cadmium rice

Blog entry by ada kong | 2015-05-07

I remember when I first visited the Hengdong Industrial Zone in early 2014. There was something eerie and deeply unsettling about the lush rice fields sitting adjacent to the openly polluting factories, whose seven giant stacks poured...

Shanghai 1- Beijing 0. The latest score in a food safety match.

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2015-04-09

As a proud Beijing citizen, I was appalled to learn that neighbourhood markets in the city are selling vegetables which are not only contaminated with chemical pesticides well in excess of Chinese standards, but are even worse affected...

Clean air doesn't come to those who wait

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2015-01-22

"One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual," said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air outside in Beijing was a thick, soupy grey.

Coal-to-gas project investigation report

Publication | 2014-11-24 at 17:14

In an effort to deal with air pollution and make up for insufficient natural gas supplies in the east, China has been pushing a coal-to-gas program that has been fraught with debate because of the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that...

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