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02.23.2015

Chinese Firms Must Act Decisively on Climate Change, Report Says

Chinese companies will need to cut direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their operations by up to 2.7% a year if China is to stay on track with the level of action required to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, says a...

Environment

02.11.2015

China’s New Environment Minister Has Work Cut Out For Him

The elevation of the president of China’s most prestigious university to the job of government minister was unexpected. It is rare to bring in an academic without a goverment background. But given the tarnished reputation of a ministry...

Environment

02.05.2015

Parched Beijing’s Olympics Bid Based on Fake Snow

Where better for a Winter Olympic Games than famously arid north China? Drought and a fast growing economy have created water shortages so severe that China’s government has spent more than a decade, and up to U.S.$80 billion, constructing...

Environment

01.28.2015

China to Appoint Academic as New Environment Minister

The head of Beijing’s Tsinghua University is likely to be appointed to the top environmental job in in China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, according to reports, as the country’s leadership moves to defuse public anger about...

Environment

01.23.2015

China’s Air Pollution: The Tipping Point

Michael Zhao

Last November, Beijing saw a stretch of solidly clear skies and the Chinese media coined a phrase to describe them: APEC blue. After the diplomats and businesspeople gathered in China’s capital for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Environment

01.21.2015

‘New Measures Needed’ To Take China’s Cars Off the Roads

As air pollution once more soared to hazardous levels last week in Beijing, in Washington a panel of Chinese and other international experts explained some of the solutions to taking cars off the roads in the world’s most populous country...

Environment

01.16.2015

Can the Potato Help Feed China, Cut Pollution, and Alleviate Drought?

The Ministry of Agriculture’s move to make potatoes an increasingly important staple in Chinese kitchens, including the propagation of recipes that rely on the humble tuber, at first glance might appear slightly odd and surprising.

Environment

01.15.2015

China-Latin America Summit ‘A Missed Opportunity’ on Low-Carbon Energy

The first major meeting of Chinese and Latin American leaders agreed closer cooperation on trade, investment, and industry, but is more likely to usher in deals on oil and gas rather than renewable energy, analysts said in response to a...

Environment

01.09.2015

China’s Polluters Hit with Biggest-Ever Fines

Two days before a new environmental law came into effect, six polluting companies in Jiangsu were ordered by the province’s highest court to pay 160 million yuan ($26 million) in restoration costs for illegally dumping almost 25,000 tons...

Environment

01.07.2015

A Post-Mortem on Jack Ma’s Hunting Trip

chinadialogue

In 2014, just before the U.S. IPO of his company Alibaba, Jack Ma became caught up in a debate sparked by a hunting trip he took to the U.K.. My colleagues and I at chinadialogue had an idea: rise above that debate and look at the facts.

Environment

12.05.2014

The Great Lake in Danger

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto, Carlos Herrera

Southwest of the Maderas volcano, where the Rivas coast is a line fading into the distance, Lake Cocibolca’s inmensity is on prominent display: breezes softly comb stretches of water that are seemingly endless. Sonar has marked this as the...

Environment

12.05.2014

A Catastrophe for Nicaragua’s Great Lake

Carlos F. Chamorro

Eighty years old, with more than a dozen books on national geography and natural resources to his name, he is the most authoritative voice in the country on environmental issues. Jaime Incer Barquero, former Minister of the Environment and...

Environment

12.04.2014

Indian Critics of Tibet’s First Dam ‘Exaggerating’ Dangers

chinadialogue

Tibet’s first major dam, the Zangmu hydropower station, started generating electricity at the end of November. This prompted complaints from Indian media that Chinese dam building on the Yarlung Zangbo River could reduce water flow and...

Environment

11.26.2014

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

chinadialogue

The name of China is almost obscured by a grey smudge on the title page of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and this image proves to be apt.  This book examines the crisis caused by toxic smogs that periodically choke vast regions of...

Environment

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.

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