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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...

As eastern China’s air quality improves rapidly, 69 cities in central and western...

Press release | 2016-04-20 at 11:11

Beijing, 20 April, 2016 – Greenpeace East Asia’s city rankings for the first quarter of 2016 show significant improvements in average air quality in 362 cities across the country. The improvements are particularly rapid in eastern China’s three...

Data shows China’s economy is breaking free from coal - Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-04-15 at 13:11

Beijing, 15 April, 2016 - A trove of data on economic performance in the first quarter of 2016, released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics this morning, shows that while China’s overall economy saw some improvement, coal use and CO2...

China begins to suspend coal-fired power plant approvals, Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-03-24 at 19:20

Beijing, 24 March, 2016 - Chinese media today reported that the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered 13 provincial governments to suspend approvals of new coal-fired power plant projects until the end of 2017. [1] Another...

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...

Greenpeace: In spite of China’s overcapacity crisis, 210 new coal fired power plants...

Press release | 2016-03-02 at 14:00

Beijing, 2 March, 2016 – An updated Greenpeace East Asia report has found that in 2015 a total of 210 new coal fired power plants were granted environmental permits, in spite of the sector’s severe overcapacity problem. Moreover, the rate at...

China’s CO2 emissions continued to fall in 2015 – Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-02-29 at 15:18

Beijing, 29 February, 2016 – Statistics released today by the National Bureau of Statistics show that a fall in China’s coal consumption and CO2 emissions continued for a second year in a row 2015. The fall in coal use over past two years was...

So what happened with China's pollution in 2015?

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-01-20

Greenpeace East Asia has released its City Rankings for 2015   following one of the worst winters on record. Data from 366 cities across China was collected and analysed and ranked by pollution levels.    What a year for smog...

Greenpeace: China saw average PM2.5 levels fall by 10% in 2015, but 80% of cities...

Press release | 2016-01-20 at 13:00

Beijing, 20 January 2016 - Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the...

Greenpeace reaction to the Beijing government’s issuing of a severe pollution red alert

Press release | 2015-12-08 at 15:28

Beijing, December 8, 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia notes the positive step the Beijing city government has taken in issuing a red alert for severe pollution (defined as a period when AQI is over 200 and predicted to last more than 3 days), a move...

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