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11.18.2014

Four Reasons Why the U.S.-China Climate Statement Matters

chinadialogue

The joint U.S.-China statement on climate change is both inspiring and historic. The two parties have sought common ground, set aside their differences, and put global interests first—as responsible great powers should.

Environment

11.11.2014

China Reforms National Parks to Improve Environmental Protection

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China’s central government is reforming the way major tourist attractions are run. It plans to create a unified national parks management system in a bid to halt environmental damage within its protected areas. The new, unified system will...

Environment

11.07.2014

China’s EIA Industry Rife with Fraud

chinadialogue

A farce played out at an environmental impact assessment (EIA) firm in the southern city of Shenzhen when inspectors called round in early October, this year.

Environment

10.23.2014

Tesla-Unicom Deal Could Spark China’s Electric Vehicle Market

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Electric vehicle firm Tesla’s major new deal with China Unicom to build EV charging infrastructure unites what is seemingly the only EV success story, pursuing a business model targeting elite customers, with China’s second largest mobile...

Environment

10.23.2014

Tibetan Plateau Faces Massive ‘Ecosystem Shift’

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Large areas of grasslands, alpine meadows, wetlands, and permafrost will disappear on the Tibetan plateau by 2050, with serious implications for environmental security in China and South Asia, a research paper published by scientists at...

Environment

10.16.2014

‘Paranoia’ and Public Opinion

chinadialogue

When permits for Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired this summer, there was concern. More so, given there was little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture would renew them.

Environment

10.16.2014

Chinese Environmentalists, in Their Own Words

Michael Zhao

Earlier this year, ChinaFile’s Environment Editor, Michael Zhao, teamed up with Phoenix Online to create a series of two-minute documentaries on the work, ideas, and aspirations of Chinese environmental advocates. The environmentalists,...

Environment

10.09.2014

Locals Attack Factory After Children Poisoned with Lead

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Villagers from the township of Gangkou in Jiangxi province, southeast China, have smashed up a new lead recycling plant which was due to begin operating. Unconvinced by reassurances from the owners and local government that there would be...

Environment

10.02.2014

China ‘Not Ready to be a World Leader’ on Climate Change

chinadialogue

The U.N. Climate Summit 2014 in New York last week passed, as expected, with public statements of intent but no sign of firm commitments to reducing climate emissions. If a deal is to be reached in Paris next year, at the latest “last hope...

Environment

09.25.2014

New York Climate Summit Fails to Bridge Rich-Poor Divide

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India reiterated its need to develop, China listed the steps it was taking and the United States repeated that all countries should control greenhouse-gas emissions. Despite notable advances in many areas, the special climate summit...

Environment

09.19.2014

Here’s How This Giant Chinese Forest Disappeared

Michael Zhao

In early August, Greenpeace China’s forest campaigner Wu Hao wrote a piece in the environmental section of the newspaper Southern Weekly about China’s astonishing rate of deforestation. He posted dramatic before and after satellite images...

Environment

09.10.2014

The Dark Side of the Boom

chinadialogue, Isabel Hilton

Just over a year ago, in July 2013, a report published in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, put the health impacts of air pollution in China into an unusually clear framework: residents of south China, the...

Environment

09.04.2014

Alibaba Founder Shoots Himself in the Foot with UK Hunting Trip

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Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce platform Alibaba and chairman of The Nature Conservancy’s China Program, has drawn hostile fire from environmentalists after a British newspaper recently reported he hunted stags in Scotland in 2012. What’s...

Environment

09.03.2014

China Air Daily

Michael Zhao

Beijing’s air pollution regularly makes international headlines. But exactly how bad is the air in the Chinese capital, home to more than 21 million people? That’s the question China Air Daily strives to answer—in pictures we take every...

Environment

08.21.2014

Who Will Feed China’s Pigs?

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He’s been called China’s richest chicken farmer, but Liu Yonghao has come a long way from his days breeding birds in rural Sichuan province. As the billionaire founder of the New Hope Group, China’s largest producer of animal feed, Liu’s...

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