China

Smokestacks at sunset
January 17, 2014
The old adage that China has plenty of good laws but is poor at applying them is once again at the fore following the publication of a new report from a group of environmental NGOs and research institutes on the country’s air pollution problems. The Blue Sky Roadmap – Atmospheric Pollution Investigation Phase II Report analyses the real-time air quality data that has become available in three Chinese provinces in recent months.
Meet the monsters in my closet
January 15, 2014
In the latest development in its campaign to get apparel brands to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains, global NGO Greenpeace has released a new report that focuses on children’s clothing. “A Little Story About Monsters In Your Closet” details findings from an investigation into children’s clothing and footwear across a number of major clothing brands, including fast fashion, sportswear and luxury brands.
China Wetlands
China’s wetlands have shrunk nearly nine percent in the last decade, contributing to the country’s water shortage and putting increased pressure on its food production, energy output and industrial activity.
China Pollution trading
Zhou Shengxian, China’s Minister of Environmental Protection, says his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment and is considering a nation-wide trading system for pollution permits. Trading rights to emit air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitous oxide have been a notable success in the United States after a national trading scheme was established in the mid-1990s.
The 2014 target for reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission is China has been set at 5 percent, a level much more aggressive than in previous years, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a national environmental conference on Thursday.
The Asian Development Bank and China’s Environmental Protection Ministry the will deepen co-operation in seven areas that include efforts to prevent pollution of the air, water and land, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Wednesday.
Air quality readings across China's cities
January 09, 2014
China’s 31 provinces, antonymous regions and self-governing municipalities have been given firm targets to reduce air pollution by 2017 with cuts of between five and 25 percent depending on location according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will evaluate each province's progress annually.
While much attention and money is being lavished on improving China’s urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.
Read Full Story China approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 - six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10 percent of US annual usage - flying in the face of plans to tackle choking air pollution.
About 350,000 to 500,000 premature deaths occur in China every year due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald on Tuesday.