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03.03.2015

Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?

Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao, Deborah Seligsohn, Sam Geall, Barbara A. Finamore

Our friends at Foreign Policy hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu’s Monday story “China’s National Conversation about Pollution Has Finally Begun.” What happened? Well, over the weekend, the feature-length Chinese...

Caixin Media

03.03.2015

Can Market Mechanisms Clear China’s Air?

The Chinese government recently responded to rising public discontent over environmental degradation by introducing tougher rules for industrial emissions.Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization and a state-run newspaper are...

Excerpts

02.25.2015

The Sun Kings

Mark L. Clifford

In 1992, Shi Zhengrong completed his doctorate and found himself an expert in a field that wasn’t quite ready for him. He’d studied physics at Australia’s University of New South Wales, focusing on crystalline technology, the basic...

Books

02.25.2015

The Greening of Asia

Mark L. Clifford

One of Asia’s best-respected writers on business and economy, Hong Kong-based author Mark L. Clifford provides a behind-the-scenes look at what companies in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand...

Reports

02.25.2015

Double Impact

This paper makes the case for establishing a national CO2 price in China as soon as possible. End-of-pipe pollution control technologies—a core component of China’s Air Pollution Action Plan (APAP)—can address local air pollution but not...

Environment

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...

Is Chinese Corporate Behavior Improving in Africa?

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Witney Schneidman

The list of grievances against Chinese companies operating in Africa is long and varied, from violations of labor rights to environmental destruction to widespre

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...

Reports

02.11.2015

It’s Time to Peak

Without additional efforts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will continue to increase by 3.7 – 4.8 °C, a level well beyond the 2 °C temperature rise limit widely agreed among scientists and governments across the world as a limit...

Books

02.10.2015

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

Maverick environmental writers William J. Kelly and Chip Jacobs follow up their acclaimed Smogtown with a provocative examination of China’s ecological calamity already imperiling a warming planet. Toxic smog most people figured was...

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...

Reports

02.01.2015

China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap

The water-energy-food nexus is creating a complicated challenge for China and the world. Energy development requires water. Moving and cleaning water requires energy. Food production at all stages—from irrigation to distribution—requires...

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...

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01.22.2015

The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and the Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in...

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