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Friday Five: China calls out trump and Beijing's smog worsens

Blog entry by amcgurk | 2016-11-18

China to Donald Trump: No, We Didn’t Invent Climate Change [Time] Oh how we LOL-ed when Donald Trump first posted what seemed like just another outlandish tweet  back in 2012. Four years later, faced with the reality of President...

From Student Environmentalist to Solar Pioneer

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-11-17

Miao Xin gives a presentation on his solar financing platform at PowerLab in Shanghai, 4 November 2016. From eccentric student environmentalist, to distributed solar pioneer, Miao Xin is one of a young generation of Chinese who are...

Friday Five: 49, 55 and 5 billion

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-11-11

49 held accountable and jailed for Tianjin Blast [BBC] A Chinese court jailed 49 and passed one suspended death sentence for the Tianjin blast that killed 173 people last August. Most were found guilty of accepting bribes to...

Singles Day is a disaster for our pockets, and the planet

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-11-10

Last year, China’s biggest shopping festival saw 125,000 orders processed every minute over 24 hours. This year promises to be even bigger... and that’s bad news for the environment.   What began as a tongue-in cheek poke at...

The startup heroes of China’s household solar revolution

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-11-09

China has seen enormous growth in renewable energy over the last few years. It now has both the largest and the fastest growing wind and solar sectors in the world. In fact, last year all of China’s increase in energy demand was met...

Will 4.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones end up in the trash?

Blog entry by Jude Lee | 2016-11-01

Right now Samsung is considering dumping 4.3 million brand new Galaxy Note 7 phones following nearly  100 cases of exploding phones around the world . That is equivalent to almost 730,000 kilograms of hi-spec technology! While Samsung...

Friday Five: Officials behaving badly and China's ecological migrants

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-10-28

Friday roundup of environmental news and commentary of the week China environment officials in Xi’an detained for data fraud [Reuters] A shocking reveal this week as Xi’an officials were detained for tampering with air...

Shaking up China’s food system- in Shanghai and beyond

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2016-10-27

Dried flowers of the Sanqi plant   Greenpeace China’s campaign to push one of China’s biggest retailers to purge pesticides triggered food safety reform across the whole of Shanghai. Now we’re fighting to take it nationwide. ...

Friday Five: Greening coal towns and community activism in Sichuan

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-10-21

Friday roundup of environmental news and commentary of the week China's coal capital is going green [Bloomberg] Smoggy steel behemoth Taiyuan, known at one point as the only city with worse air quality than Beijing, is...

Friday Five: Baiji Dolphin spotted and China's invisible air pollution problem

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-10-14

Chemical pollution in the Yangtze River ‘Functionally Extinct’ Yangtze Dolphin spotted for first time in a decade     [Guardian] A group of volunteers have claimed a sighting of the Baiji Dolphin, one of the more...

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