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Meet Yang, our fearless action hero

Image | 2013-06-03 at 6:30

Yang is a Greenpeace East Asia campaigner from our Beijing office. He was recently on board the Rainbow Warrior to raise awareness and support for Australia's 'Save the Reef' campaign. Activities include an action against the 'MV Meister', a ship...

Green choices: a "Silent Spring" moment in China?

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-10-03

September 12 might in later years turn out to be a milestone for China’s environment and growth pattern. On that day, the Chinese State Council released the long anticipated air pollution action plan , a comprehensive strategy...

What you need to know about coal in the Pearl River Delta region

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-09-26

As the biggest provincial economy in China, Guangdong is the most capable of accelerating changes in the country's energy structure, to lead in meeting new national air quality standards. Unfortunately, it also has one of the highest...

Coal is killing China: the startling figures

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-10-31 1 comment

Last month, the Chinese government  announced their plan to improve air quality in the Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong regions, and that will significantly slow down China's coal consumption growth. It sets an important precedent that...

China air pollution concerns forces a new direction for coal use

Blog entry by Harri Lammi | 2013-09-18

After five months of negotiations behind closed doors, China has finally announced a detailed air pollution action plan to cut fine particle PM2.5 pollution and clear the skies above the country. The plan, for the first time, sets...

Why China needs to move away from coal to save its water

Blog entry by Deng Ping | 2013-09-17

Water is the basis of life everywhere, but few things drive that fact home like visiting the arid western and northern parts of China, where grasslands are turning into desert , wells are emptying and rivers are running dry because of...

How air pollution concerns stopped a China coal power project

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta and Justin Gray | 2013-08-29

This post was originally published on Greenpeace International, August 14, 2013. In Europe or the US, a huge 2,000-megawatt coal power project next to a megacity of 10 million would top the list of polluting power plant proposals...

Greenpeace appeal to improve the quality of air in China by rapidly reducing coal...

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-06-27

The Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released the “2012 Bulletin on the Environmental Situation in China.” According to this bulletin, in 2012, out of more than 325 cities above the prefecture level, a mere 40% of them...

The battle of coal vs. water

Video | 2013-09-12 at 6:45

Thousands of miles separate China's water-rich south and the nation's coal-rich north. In northwest China where water resources are particularly scarce, including the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Shaanxi, the coal industry is rapidly...

Red wall palace in Qinghai

Image gallery | 2014-08-01

Searching for Everyday Blue: An Opportunity Missed

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2015-09-02

As Beijing experiences the glory of a double, back-to-back round of temporary blue skies – “Athletics World Championship Blue” and “Parade Blue” – the Chinese government has revised the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the...

Quit Coal 2008

Image gallery | 2008-12-23

As China addresses its 'airpocalypse', coal exporters fear loss of another market

Blog entry by Lifeng Fang | 2013-04-30

China’s air pollution crisis is more evident than ever. A new research report, conducted under the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease project , shows that over 1.2 million premature deaths were caused by PM2.5...

China to restrict coal demand, but is it enough?

Blog entry by Harri Lammi | 2012-03-28

China is set to limit their domestic output and consumption of coal over the next five years in an effort to reduce pollution and curb the nation's reliance on this dirty energy. However there are serious question marks over the ...

How do we translate China's policy shift on air pollution into progressive climate...

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-11-19

Air pollution presents an opportunity to revisit China’s high emission growth path. During the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, delegates need to prepare ground for further action from China. Over the last year, air pollution has...

Guangdong can inspire dream of a smog-free China

Blog entry by Zelda Liang | 2013-09-04

Realising the dream of a modern and fully developed China does not have to be at the expense of people's health and well-being. There is no need to retreat to the lifestyle of cavemen for clean air. With tackling air pollution ...

It's time China join the global rally against coal

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-08-07

All around the globe, a series of punches are being thrown at coal this summer. The international winds are shifting and the dirty black rock is becoming increasingly unpopular worldwide. Washington fired the first shots. On June...

Chinese censorship will fail to hide Shenhua's ruthless water grab

Blog entry by Dannielle Taaffe | 2013-07-31

A Greenpeace East Asia investigation  exposing how a Chinese state-run coal company is overexploiting water resources and illegally discharging toxic wastewater has made global headlines. International news agencies such as ...

Chinese government needs to push clean energy agenda as hard as it addresses coal...

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-07-17

On June 14, the State Council held a regular work session whose focus surprised nobody - controlling air pollution and facilitating the healthy development of China's solar sector. What was significant and symbolic though, was the...

Thirst: the water shortages devastating Inner Mongolia

Video | 2013-07-23 at 1:00

A short documentary exploring the effects of water shortages on people in Inner Mongolia. For ten years, the Chinese state-run organisation Shenhua has sucked this land dry, pumping the water out of these beautiful grasslands to use in fuel...

Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new records

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2014-10-11 2 comments

Usually it's only locals that have to suffer through Beijing's notorious air pollution. But as records in air quality are smashed, celebrities and sport stars in town this week are forced to power through as well.  Mariah Carey, top...

Clean air doesn't come to those who wait

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2015-01-22

"One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual," said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air outside in Beijing was a thick, soupy grey.

Friday Five: China's 'burning problem' and coal takes another hit

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-02-24

Friday news roundup highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week. Burning problem of China’s trash [NPR] The world’s most populous country generates 520,000 tons of trash every single day, and that...

How 22 wells destroyed 80,000 hectares of once stunning landscape

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-10-02

The following is an excerpt from our report 'Thirsty Coal 2', which can be read in full here . The Shenhua Group is China's largest coal conglomerate, producing 460 million tons of raw coal every year. Half of this total comes...

How China's Shenhua group is plundering water supplies

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | 2013-07-30

Last week we exposed how state-owned Chinese coal company Shenhua, the world's largest coal producer by volume, is overexploiting groundwater and illegally dumping toxic industrial wastewater. In 11 field trips Greenpeace East Asia...

Coalification of Water

Image gallery | 2014-03-22

Coal takes more than it gives

Video | 2012-03-28 at 12:38

Coal might be cheap, but it's a dirty form of energy that's causing a host of problems in China. In the short term, there's the air pollution that plagues the entire nation. In the long term, coal is contributing to devastating climate change...

Quit coal action

Image gallery | 2008-07-04

Toxic Winds: Coal Ash in Sandstorms

Image gallery | 2011-04-13

Coal animation showing coal's deadly side

Image | 2010-04-21 at 14:52

Coal animation showing coal's deadly side.

The Chinese public are happy to pay more

Image | 2009-02-17 at 9:58

The Chinese public are happy to pay more to replace dirty power stations like this one with clean technology.

Greenpeace opens a Climate Rescue Station

Image | 2008-11-12 at 7:00

Greenpeace opens a Climate Rescue Station on the edge of an open coal mine in Poland. Coal the single greatest threat facing our climate. Poland uses coal to produce 93% of its electricity. The Station has been set up in the run up to...

Greenpeace marks CLP's 'unhappy' birthday

Image | 2005-01-25 at 7:00

Greenpeace marks CLP's 'unhappy' birthday for the climate. Greenpeace descended on the Kowloon headquarters of China Light & Power (CLP) today, to mark its 104th anniversary and over a century of environmental pollution. Greenpeace declared the...

The world's shortest disaster film

Video | 2010-04-25 at 12:14

Coal can build, but it can also destroy.

Tell Apple, Amazon, Microsoft you want a cleaner cloud

Blog entry by Casey Harrell | 2012-04-18

Every day, our lives revolve more and more around the phenomenon that is "the cloud." We check our e-mail, store our music, and share photos and status updates. It’s a key part of how we connect with our friends and family. But have...

China's top dog Premier Wen Jiabao agrees to regional control of country's air pollution

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-01

Premier Wen Jiabao has agreed to release a revised Environmental Air Quality Standard in a State Council meeting yesterday, as part of efforts to strengthen overall air pollution control. The release of this new standard sends a...

China must look to the EU energy roadmap which shows a clear path for renewables

Blog entry by Harri Lammi & Li Ang | 2011-12-20

The European Commission has published a roadmap exploring different energy pathways over the next 40 years. The calculations show that an energy system based largely on renewables and efficiency will cost taxpayers no more than a...

The burden of coal in Inner Mongolia

Image gallery | 2013-08-13

The True Cost of Coal to China

Image | 2009-11-19 at 9:56

The True Cost of Coal to China

The Chinese coal industry responds to weakening demand and a flood of imported coal

Blog entry by Lifeng Fang | 2013-05-30

The Chinese coal mining industry has been hit by slowing coal consumption growth and simultaneously, a flood of cheaper imported coal. To stem the decline in profits, Chinese coal producers are pursuing a variety of strategies,...

Beijing won't meet WHO air pollution standards until 2030s

Blog entry by Li Shuo and Lauri Myllyvirta | 2013-04-11

Beijing has finally decided to do something about its air pollution. Last week, the city announced a multibillion yuan campaign to tackle its environmental problems, an urgent follow up to last month's parliamentary sessions, where...

Coal mining & abuse of the Mother River

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-08-23

The gushing, coffee-coloured waters of the Yellow River means a lot to the people of China. Ancient Chinese dynasties made their home in the fertile plains of the river basin, so it's little surprise the river has come to be known as...

The one pollution to rule them all: coal in China

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-31

When it comes to charting China's growing rural-urban divide, can there be any greater yardstick than pollution? In a country beset by environmental problems, we are now finding that as development levels surge ahead in second and top...

How clean is your cloud? Apple responds

Blog entry by Gary Cook | 2012-04-19

Our new report " How Clean is Your Cloud " is out, and shows that the massive increase in Internet use is mainly being powered by dirty energy. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all score badly in the report for relying on dirty coal and...

New air pollution standards pressures local Chinese governments to act

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-06

Last Friday the state council had a press conference , introducing the revised Ambient Air Quality Standard, as part of efforts to strengthen overall  air pollution control. The challenge to clean up the air is huge and urgent.

Members of Greenpeace and five marathon runners

Image | 2006-02-15 at 7:00

Members of Greenpeace and five marathon runners presented to Mr. Stephen Ip, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, a mask symbolizing the grave concern of Hong Kong citizen towards our breathing air quality.

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