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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...

5 species bouncing back from the brink of extinction

Blog entry by Tom Baxter | 2016-03-04

Our planet is incredible and so are the creatures that inhabit it. Sadly, their homes are under threat. Every two seconds, an area of rainforest the size of a football field is lost to human destruction. Oceans are filling with ...

Friday Five: Mermaid smashes box office records and the unexpected side effects of smog

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-02-26

News round up featuring the biggest environmental news and commentary of the week China is winning environmental clean up race according to China [ WSJ] If environmental cleaning up was a race, China would be winning,...

Friday Five: Mekong under threat and Hebei's smog struggle

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-02-19

Friday news round up highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week.  Requiem for a River [Economist] This interactive long-read article follows the journey of the Mekong from its source in Southwest...

Year in, year out, let there be fish

Blog entry by Yang Yi | 2016-02-06

China’s rampant overfishing is threatening its most ancient traditions. That might seem like a bizarre blog title. But to any Chinese speaker it would make perfect sense. The word for fish is a homonym (two words which sound...

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