23 October 2015


Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week: 

Apple to build more solar projects in China  [Reuters]

Apple is getting serious on greening its supply chain as it announced the construction of 200 MW of solar energy projects- equivalent to a year’s worth of energy for 265,000 Chinese homes- on Wednesday. According to a statement by the tech behemoth, this will make them ‘carbon neutral’ as they will be producing more renewable energy than is used by their operations in China. This is a big turnaround from four years ago, when it was accused of turning a blind eye to pollution from its suppliers.

Chinese authorities say Coca Cola lied about pollution data  [Reuters]

News that a Coca Cola bottling plant in Gansu Province has been accused of falsifying pollution data, leading the authorities to detain one of its executives for five days was widely reported on Chinese language media this week. The company blamed ‘irregularities in monitoring equipment’ for the error.

Beijing wants burials to be green by 2020 [Global Times]

The Beijing government is encouraging people to cremate their loved ones and spread their ashes as an alternative to burial. The goal is to achieve 50% cremations by 2020. This could be a difficult feat however, as the practice clashes with traditional values: a similar scheme was rolled out in Hong Kong and it went down like a lead balloon.

Rapid economic growth in China is chipping away at coastal wetlands [New York Times]

Development is destroying China’s coastal wetlands at an alarming rate, according to a joint Chinese-US report released this week. The wetlands are critical habitats for migratory birds but are in serious danger: 60% of China’s coastal wetlands have already been lost to development.

China’s panda sanctuaries at risk from illegal logging [Guardian]

Greenpeace uncovered illegal clear cutting in the heart of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. The investigation, which took around two years showed that 3,200 acres of natural forest had been cleared, destroying the habitat of several endangered plant and animal species. Full report here

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