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China’s Belt and Road global infrastructure plans are dooming the planet


Despite repeated claims of “green development,” President Xi tacitly admitted BRI’s first phase has been an environment failure. After the second Belt and Road Forum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a list of deliverables that include many efforts to make BRI greener. The United States can independently verify and communicate widely whether China … Continue reading

Climate Emergency and the Chinese


Below is a letter I have sent to my local paper. I sent a similar one to the Daily Mail. I don’t know if either will be published. Please feel free to use if you wish. Belief in a “climate emergency” is not the problem (just as believing the Earth is flat is no problem) … Continue reading

Canada is the second to suffer from China’s plastic waste import ban


“… ‘It was like an earthquake,’ Arnaud Brunet, director general of Brussels-based industry group The Bureau of International Recycling, said…” reported by AFP on Jan 21, 2018. It was a response to China’s official ban of plastic waste import with effect from the first day of 2018. “The EU exports half of its collected and … Continue reading

This ‘futurist’ is wrong about China’s future


Kevin Kelly, co-founder and editor of the futuristic Wired magazine, “sees China playing a big role in our future” because, as reported by Forbes on March 19, “Kelly sees two cultural changes happening in China that are helping push the country to the point where it can have a consistent delivery of goods: • A … Continue reading

Some people do not appreciate China’s air pollution control measures


Reuters reported on Dec 19 that China would be launching “a nationwide carbon emission trading scheme (ETS). The government outlined details of what is expected to be the world’s largest such program …… Trading will be based in Shanghai, involving 1,700 power companies and over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually…” Reuters further reported … Continue reading

China have fished their waters dry, so now raiding other nations’ seas


The growth of China’s middle class over the past 15 years or so has driven up demand for all sorts of luxury goods in the country. For example, there’s been a growing interest in high-quality seafood—which comes at a most inopportune time. Efforts to boost China’s marine economy in recent decades, including offshore drilling and … Continue reading

China risks social conflict if war on pollution lags, researchers warn


Any failure to tackle China’s huge pollution problems in the coming years could stoke public discontent and create “social conflicts,” government researchers warned, underlining political concerns driving Beijing’s war on smog. With pollution identified as a major source of unrest, China’s ruling Communist Party has promised to tackle a host of environmental problems brought about … Continue reading

China’s heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world


The average surface temperature in China has increased by 0.23°C (0.4°F) each decade of the last 65 years, said a Chinese government official—twice the average pace of warming everywhere else on the planet. This isn’t the first time the Chinese government has quantified the effects of global warming on its environment. However, today’s remarks are a … Continue reading

China’s ivory craze kills 100,000 elephants


China‘s skyrocketing appetite for ivory is leading to the unsustainable slaughter of African elephants. As prices for precious ivory goods have surged in China, the number of poached elephants has also escalated. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, said 100,000 African elephants have been killed for their ivory in just the past three years. … Continue reading

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog


China‘s overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction … Continue reading

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … Continue reading

China: Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive


China‘s capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from August 1st in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country’s major cities, the official Xinhua media agency said on Saturday. Beijing will implement strict controls and targets for airborne sulphur from coal, Xinhua said, … Continue reading

Top executives refuse to work in China; slowing economy and pollution the main reasons


China‘s smog is making it harder for foreign firms to convince top executives to work in the country, the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing said on Wednesday, offering some of the strongest evidence yet on how pollution is hurting recruitment. Some 48 percent of the 365 foreign companies that replied to the chamber’s annual … Continue reading

China report says $330 billion more to do fair share on climate; Official stance is developed nations must bear responsibility


China must increase spending on emission cuts and clean technologies by 2 trillion yuan ($330 billion) to do its fair share to halt climate change, a report by Beijing’s Central University of Finance and Economics said. It urged the government to raise money from carbon markets to fund investments. The report’s conclusion contrasted with China’s … Continue reading

Opportunity glimmers through China’s toxic smog


As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan ($494 … Continue reading

China says world’s worst pollution has benefits


Commentaries by two of China’s most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s … Continue reading

China: Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai


Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub … Continue reading

China’s anti-pollution drive risks running out of gas


A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China’s plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond. The problem is worst in northern China, where air pollution mainly caused by decades of reliance on coal has lowered life expectancy … Continue reading

China: Thick smog blocked road, train, air traffic for two days


Thick smog in Harbin urban areas has caused the closing of primary and secondary schools and expressways. The PM2.5 index has exceeded the maximum range of the metre. After the serious smog on October 20, and the early morning on October 21, air pollution was even worse. The visibility in urban areas was less than … Continue reading

China to cut coal use and shut polluters in bid to clear the air


China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Thursday, with plans to slash coal consumption and close polluting mills, factories and smelters, but experts said implementing the bold targets would be a major challenge. China has been under heavy pressure to address the causes of air pollution after thick, hazardous smog engulfed much … Continue reading

Thousands of dead fish found in Chinese river after toxic spill


Thousands of dead fish have been found floating in a river in central China following a toxic spill, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of pollution scandals to hit the country’s water supplies. Xinhua said 300 workers had dredged around 100,000 kilograms of dead fish from a 40-km (25-mile) stretch … Continue reading

Millions face arsenic contamination risk in China


Nearly 20 million people in China live in areas at high risk of arsenic contamination in their water supplies, according to a study published on Thursday. The Chinese government has labelled arsenic contamination, which it first diagnosed in China in the 1970s, as one of the country’s “most important endemic diseases,” due to the chronic side effects which include … Continue reading

China: Spending a penny could cost 100 yuan in Shenzhen


People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in Shenzhen, officials said – provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced. The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, although draft regulations did not specify a … Continue reading

China to invest $375 billion on energy conservation, pollution


China plans to invest 2.3 trillion yuan ($375 billion) in energy saving and emission-reduction projects in the five years through 2015 to clean up its environment, the China Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing a senior government official. The plan, which has been approved by the State Council, is on top of a 1.85 trillion … Continue reading

Australia helps China build emissions trading scheme


Australia has been drafted in to help design an emissions trading scheme for China, the world’s biggest polluter. A deal announced in Canberra on Thursday will see the Australian National University take leadership of a program that will analyse pollution data provided by China and allow Chinese university researchers to examine Australia’s experience of the … Continue reading

China’s pollution reduces life span by 5.5 years


Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released on Monday which claims to show in unprecedented detail the link between air pollution and life expectancy. High levels of air pollution in northern China – much of it caused by … Continue reading

China cuts CO2 emissions


The Chinese government has approved a set of regulations designed to protect the environment and improve the safety standards of food and water. The Middle Kingdom is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. The National Council recommended, among other things, to accelerate the installation of emission level controllers for small refineries operating … Continue reading

China launches trial carbon trading scheme


It is well-known that when rolling out a new and significant policy, Chinese officials are extraordinary cautious. Those who expect radical shifts over night are always left disappointed. So it should come as no surprise that the latest development in Chinese climate policy is small-scale. Nonetheless we shouldn’t underestimate the significance and potential of the … Continue reading

Laos seeks Chinese help to survey its mineral wealth


Laos is seeking help from the Chinese government to conduct detailed surveys of its mineral wealth, aiming to use the information to help regulate the mining industry. Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Somboun Rasasombath said as quoted in the South China Morning Post this week that he would discuss the matter with Chinese Deputy … Continue reading

China: Chengdu protest silenced


The article below by Fox News is a very insightful, albeit quick look, at the ongoing struggle for transparency and reform in China. The tone of the piece is focused on a key idea – If China’s government would be open and transparent about what’s being done and why in regards to the environment, maybe … Continue reading

28,000 rivers disappeared in China


As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. To put this number into context, China’s lost rivers are almost equal, in … Continue reading

Taiwan mulls opening South China Sea park


Related government agencies and experts in Taiwan are currently conducting evaluations on whether to open an offshore island national park in the South China Sea for tourism and environmental education activities, the Marine National Park Headquarters (MNPH) said recently. “Experts are now in talks on whether to allow tourists to visit Dongsha Island in the Dongsha … Continue reading

In China, the license plates can cost more than the car


Shanghai’s busy streets teem with Buicks, Fords, Volkswagens, and Toyotas. More than 9 out of 10 cars in the world’s most populous city are made by foreign companies, and it’s not just a reflection of mainlanders’ preference for Western design. Some local automakers say the city’s license plate auctions are responsible for their weak sales. Shanghai is … Continue reading

Frozen pangolins on stranded Chinese boat in the Philippines


The Philippine coast guard has found hundreds of frozen scaly anteaters, or pangolins, in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground in a protected marine sanctuary last week. Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery, which could lead to more charges for the 12 Chinese men arrested on charges including … Continue reading

No usable oil in disputed areas of the South China Sea?


An US government report on oil and gas reserves in the heavily disputed regions of the South China has concluded that there probably aren’t any. The study concludes for the first time that the countries expecting riches under the Spratly and Paracel Islands are going to be disappointed. Nothing but politics and nationalism? The research … Continue reading

China’s smog levels get the cartoon treatment


It’s no secret that air pollution is a major problem in China. In fact, in recent years, the problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental watchdog in the US, has had to revise its Air Quality Index system. Originally, the AQI had a top rating of 500, which indicates 500 … Continue reading

Will China ever get its pollution problem under control?


When Beijing was choking on record levels of smog, observers wondered whether China would ever get its pollution problem under control. It’s an insanely difficult question, with huge implications from climate change to the global economy. Here’s one stab at an answer, in the form of a recent analysis from Deutsche Bank economists. The bad news: Most of China’s … Continue reading

Chinese investments in Cambodia ignore environment queries


China’s expanding investment portfolio in Cambodia has brought into sharper focus the darker side of the Asian giant’s “development projects” in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. And it is in the southwestern corner of Cambodia – known for its rich biodiversity, forest-covered hills and bubbling rivers – where this Chinese economic footprint is leaving a … Continue reading

Party cadre pins hopes of China’s food security on overseas farms


Leery of product safety in China, Zhu Zhangjin is urging farmers to invest abroad like he has. Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. Zhu also happens to be party secretary of Huafeng village … Continue reading

Millions of tonnes of rural refuse are dumped in China’s waterways each year


Millions of tonnes of untreated refuse from the countryside end up in rivers and lakes annually. Many were shocked when thousands of dead pigs were found floating on Shanghai’s Huangpu River this month, but animal carcasses are not the only things that end up in the nation’s waterways. Rivers and lakes are among the major … Continue reading

China’s new premier vows to tackle pollution, but few details on how


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Sunday that his government would “show even greater resolve” in tackling China’s festering pollution crisis, a source of increasing public fury. Li’s remarks at his debut press conference as premier were the highest-level public comments on the problem to date, though he gave few specifics about how the government … Continue reading

China’s city of the future may include the “farmscraper”


Architects are often pushing the boundaries of the possible, often in response to challenges posed by the ongoing problems of urban sprawl, pollution, and overpopulation. And in China, where one-fifth of the world’s total population lives and urban population density reaches into the thousands per square kilometre, forward-looking architects are finding a receptive audience. Consider … Continue reading

China claims it leads the way with safe nuclear energy by using thorium


There are shortcomings in this process, but they seem to be significantly less than the conventional uranium process. It could hardly be otherwise, I suggest. Uranium reactors are devastatingly risky and have enormous and also dangerous waste disposal problems. The contemplated future use in some countries would appear a very poor environmental choice. Environmentally regarding … Continue reading

China now has up to 400 “cancer villages”


China now has up to 400 “cancer villages,” and the government only just admitted it. China’s “growth at all costs” approach to development has meant industries can spew waste pretty much wherever they want. Drinking water sources? Sure. Farmland? Fine. That approach has poisoned entire towns, sending cancer rates soaring. There are now so many … Continue reading

After China’s multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink


China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing’s push for rapid economic growth. China is promising to invest 4 trillion yuan ($650 billion) – equal to its entire … Continue reading

Beijing and surrounding regions blighted by smog yet again


Beijing is once again enveloped by smog. Traffic and flights in Beijing were disrupted Sunday because of smog that shrouded the city and some other provinces in China, officials said. SCMP reports: “Travel chaos at end of holiday after visibility drops below 500 metres, and new study puts the blame on nature and human activities. … Continue reading

Canned air on the market in China


Chinese entrepreneur Chen Guangbi may not make too much of the invention of his latest product, but it certainly ranks amongst the most creative food products in history. Chen Guangbi, a Chinese billionaire, philanthropist, and the Chinese version (not a copy) of Richard Branson, the eccentric who is always conscious to be in the media. … Continue reading

China blames Japan for China’s pollution


Japan and China have in recent weeks engaged in an unnerving game of aerial cat and mouse, scrambling fighter jets against each over contested airspace, and Japan accusing China of locking weapon-guiding radar against a Japanese helicopter—a claim China denies. Now comes a new spat, with Japanese officials and media suggesting China’s latest air-pollution crisis … Continue reading

Beijing says less fireworks for Chinese New Year


Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is coming up on February 10, and that means several days firing fireworks and firecrackers to banish evil and invite good. Last Friday, Beijing authorities appealed to the Chinese people to reduce the firing of fireworks because of high air pollution. “In order to improve air quality and create … Continue reading

China’s oil giants take a choke-hold on power in politics of pollution


The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China‘s capital has turned a spotlight on the country’s two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards. Bureaucratic fighting between the environment ministry on the one hand and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Sinopec Group on the other has thwarted stricter emission … Continue reading

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