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Posted by on in Air Quality
  Two-thirds of China’s cities currently fail to meet stricter air quality standards that the government wants to phase in over four years to combat notoriously smoggy skies, a senior Chinese environmental official said Friday. The State Council, China’s Cabinet, on Wednesday issued new lim...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  If you want to understand China’s reform-era growing pains you can do a lot worse than dig into the coal industry. Coal powers China’s industry, pollutes its environment, and is the site of conflict for the state and private entrepreneurs – each eager to monopolize control of a precious re...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Almost every day of his childhood, He Xin remembers the skies in his hometown of Shenyang being gray. “If I wore a white shirt to school, by the end of the day it would be brown,” recalls He, who was born in 1974, “and there would be a ring of black soot under the collar.”     He grew u...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Some of the world's most famous clothing brands, including Nike, Adidas Puma, and H&M are using suppliers that pour toxic chemicals into China's rivers, the environmental pressure group Greenpeace has claimed. By Peter Foster, Beijing In a year-long investigation, undercover activists collecte...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
The overall environmental situation in China is very grim with all seven major river systems polluted, according to Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, speaking at a press conference on June 3 to discuss the Report of the State of the Environment of China (2...
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Posted by on in Food
Three children have died and 35 people have become ill from drinking nitrite-tainted milk in China's north-western Gansu province, Xinhua news agency has reported in the latest food safety scandal to hit the dairy industry. Most of the 35 were children under 14 now being treated at two hospitals in...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, wants rich nations to vow bigger cuts to emissions as part of a new international deal on fighting global warming, Beijing's top climate negotiator said on Tuesday. The negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, said he expects "arduous" wrangling about that and oth...
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Posted by on in Food
State lawmakers on Monday proposed to outlaw the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins that are used in traditional soup, saying it will help protect the fish from extinction, but opponents called it an attack on Chinese culture. Democratic Assemblymen Paul Fong of Sunnyval...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
  Baoshan, China — On Sept. 30, 2009, Anne Castellina fielded an e-mail from Doug Morris, a fellow US National Park Service retiree. Did the former Alaska park superintendent, Mr. Morris wondered, feel like flying to China in November as a volunteer consultant? "Sure," Ms. Castellina said. ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
President Hu Jintao is making an unprecedented string of visits to United Nations summits as he leads a high-ranking Chinese delegation to the United States this week. The president will be in New York for the UN Summit on Climate Change, the 64th annual UN General Assembly debate and a nuclear non...
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Posted by on in Solar
Field of panels would eventually be slightly larger than Manhattan From: AP First Solar Inc. said Tuesday it has received initial approval from the Chinese government to build what may become the largest solar field in the world. First Solar, which makes more solar cells than any other company, sa...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
There was a horrifying report in The Denver Post on Aug 21 that told of 1,300 children being poisoned by pollution from a manganese-processing plant. This occurred just days after emissions from a lead smelter in another province sickened hundreds. The people are protesting but this tiny article on...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
China must already grapple with some of the worst environmental effects of climate change, including severe air pollution, desertification, water scarcity, and flooding. Is there more to come? Air Pollution and Public HealthChina's reliance on its abundant but dirty coal has produced a number of ne...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Greetings from China! This is Diwen writing from China after two year of her venture in New Zealand. I enjoy my time with parents and friends here in China...but ever since I came back, I just cannot stop thinking that how urbanization - which is happening in big cities all over China - has created...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
In China's rush to become the factory for the world, they forgot to protect their own people and the rest of us who live in the pollution offshoots they create and who often unwittingly are buying and using Chinese made products. Now we learn from the LA Times, Oct 14th article by John M. Glionna th...
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