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China’s air pollution problem is heading west

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-04-20

The data is in, and at first glance it looks like good news. China’s air quality has improved overall, but much of its less developed middle and western cities have seen marked increases in PM2.5 levels. 2016 has already...

Friday Five: China's hidden pollution problem and rare mouse deer sighting!

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-04-15

Four-fifths of China's water from wells 'unsafe because of pollution' [ Guardian] Over 80% of water in China’s shallow groundwater wells is unfit for human consumption, according to data released by China’s Water Resources...

3 (unpalatable) facts you need to know if you eat sashimi

Blog entry by Yen Ning | 2016-04-14

One in three pieces of sashimi is from fish caught by Taiwanese fishing vessels. If you eat imported seafood, chances are you’ve eaten Taiwan caught fish, so when we’re talking Taiwanese seafood, we’re talking about an industry that...

Friday Five: Bad Earth and the Yangtze braces for major flooding

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-04-08

China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked, but It’s Hazy [New York Times] Several reports over the past year and a half have proffered the hope that China’s carbon emissions could peak up to a decade earlier than originally...

China should seek inspiration from Paris to reign in our lawless ocean

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2016-04-07

Out of sight, but thankfully not out of mind, this week global negotiators are discussing how to protect our ocean’s much-abused ecosystems. In particular, they will be discussing how to manage areas beyond national control. As a major...

Friday Five: Bursting Bubbles, Parching Land, Planting Trees

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-03-25

1.  China beginning to clamp down on its enormous coal power bubble Due to the economic slowdown and the rapid growth of renewables, China is no longer in need of power from dirty and thirsty (see this week’s number two story)...

How coal is sucking the life out of the Kuye River Basin

Blog entry by Qi Meng | 2016-03-22

The Kuye River Basin in Northern China is already suffering from severe water stress. So why is the development of water-intensive coal power continuing to be permitted there?   Walking into Wuchengong Village it’s hard to believe...

This World Forests Day, we’re celebrating the Congo Basin Rainforest- and how China...

Blog entry by Shuxuan Chen | 2016-03-21

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of forests to our lives and particularly the Congo Basin Rainforest. The world’s second largest rainforest spreads across six African countries and is home to over 10,000 species of plants,...

Friday Five: Zuckerberg's Smog Jog and Wasted Wind

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-03-18

In the Gobi, clues to China’s shifting position on climate change [Open Canada] This article points to China’s changing strategy on managing the rapidly changing Gobi Desert as proof that the country is taking climate change...

Friday Five: Toxic waste in the spotlight and China's Environmental Tsar

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-03-11

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...

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