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Friday roundup featuring environmental news and commentary of the week.

China Reports 6 Dead, 23 Missing in Typhoon Landslides [NYTimes]

Typhoon Megi hit mainland China after ripping through Taiwan, killing 4 and destroying hundreds of homes. It's the 3rd typhoon to hit Taiwan in 2 weeks. 

No-coal zones set up in Beijing [SCMP]

From November 2017, factories and homes in Hebei will be banned from burning coal or building new petroleum-coke-powered generators, effectively setting up a no-coal zone around the capital. The plan will no doubt ease some of the suffocating smog that descends over Beijing every winter, but as it excludes coal-fired electricity, an enormous source of pollution, it’s difficult to say how much impact it’ll have.

Could this smog-eating tower solve China’s pollution problem? [CNN]

No. But it’s an incredible design.

WHO names China as country with most deaths caused by outdoor air pollution [Marketplace]

A WHO study this week broke down deaths from air pollution by country for the first time. Unsurprisingly, China fared the worst, with a reported 1 million deaths in a single year. A very sobering thought as we head into winter.

Pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammal to get top protection [Motherboard]

Pangolins are finally getting the highest level of protection possible after CITES upgraded their endangered status this week. The scaly creatures have been poached almost to extinction. The price of pangolin scales has risen 250% in just 5 years- indicating that the market for the animal is still alive and well, but with these increased protections, the adorable animals might have a fighting chance.