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Why we’re mapping China’s hazardous chemicals facilities

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-09-21

China’s chemicals industry appears occasionally in the news, but we tend to only hear about it in extreme cases, when footage of enormous explosions circulate around the world , or hundreds of children fall sick . These...

Microbeads: How did companies respond?

Blog entry by Taehyun Park | 2016-08-25

Back in July, Greenpeace East Asia ranked 30 global companies to see how they measured in terms of their commitment to phasing out microbeads – the tiny terrors that are often found in shower gels and facial scrubs, and are known...

Which country is most likely to repair their electronic gadgets?

Blog entry by Chih An Lee | 2016-08-15

What happens when your mobile phone dies? Which country is most likely to recycle? And do people repair their phones or just simply throw them away? We did the research to find out… Believe it or not, the humble smartphone...

Which fashion brands are going toxic-free?

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | 2016-07-05

It was a massive step when Adidas, Puma and Nike promised to go toxic-free by 2020. But when we turned our attention to other companies, the rest of the industry put up resistance. “It’s not feasible what Greenpeace wants us to do...

Friday Five: Return of the Milu deer and toxic pork

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-07-01

Image: Creative Commons/ Peter O'Connor  China’s smog knocks 2 years off life expectancy [SCMP] A IEA released report on global health implications of air pollution has estimated that smog in China reduces life...

Is China’s new plan to tackle soil pollution too little, too late?

Blog entry by Ada Kong & Wang Jing | 2016-06-03

China's soil pollution problem is already so extreme that 1/5 of farmland is unfit for use. A new action plan to tackle the problem has been released, but without immediate, binding legislation, its impact will be severely limited. ...

China’s ‘toxic’ school was just the tip of the iceberg: our entire chemicals...

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-04-29

A case of sudden mass illness at a middle school in Jiangsu Province threw China’s hazardous chemicals industry into the spotlight last week. However, this wasn’t an isolated incident, but a symptom of China’s widespread and...

Fast fashion is “drowning” the world. We need a Fashion Revolution!

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 2016-04-21

“Nothing to wear?” Well here’s something to think about: Every piece of clothing we buy has had an impact on our planet before we even bring it home. That’s before you step out of the door, walk down the street, and spot that...

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...

China releases Tianjin report, but questions are left unanswered

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-02-06

Just two days before the lunar new year, China’s largest holiday, the Chinese government finally released its investigative report into the causes of the Tianjin blasts which rocked the Binhai port district of Tianjin in August last...

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