2012 Toxics Reports

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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...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The Cost for the Planet

Publication | 2016-11-01 at 10:00

Following the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Greenpeace, alongside the OekoInstitut, a research and consultancy institution based in Germany, has calculated the potential resource implications of dumping or destroying 4.3 million...

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...

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...

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 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...

After Tianjin, families struggle to piece their lives back together

Blog entry by Qian Cheng | 2015-12-24

Just before midnight on August 12 2015, two blasts ripped through the Binhai New Area port of Tianjin. The blasts were so powerful that they could be seen from space and terrifying footage of the explosions was circulated...

Think Tianjin’s bad? There’s been more than one chemical explosion in China this year

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 2015-08-18

About a week ago, on a late Wednesday night, a sight of almost Armageddon proportions confronted the residents of Tianjin. Whether they witnessed the red and orange blaze shooting up to the sky from their apartment windows; or whether...

Searching for Shangri-la: Rules for surviving 5,000m above sea level

Blog entry by Yuting Lei | 2015-07-28

When we set out on our mission to the Haba Snow Mountain, I had no idea how tough the conditions we were about to endure would be. At an altitude of 4000m above sea level, we practically had to relearn how to walk and even crawl as we...

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