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China Air Pollution

Kicking the Coal Habit Moves to the Mainstream in China

Dr. Kristen McDonald | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Dr. Kristen McDonald

What is one sure-fire way to reduce devastating pollution in China, decrease carbon emissions and stabilize the economy? Cool down the country's overheated coal industry.

One Billion Strong: Can Chinese Megacities Lead on Urban Conservation?

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
Pascal Mittermaier

The future offers tremendous environmental risk from urbanization, as well as incredible potential to bring nature's power to cities, and I'm sure of one thing: Whatever happens, China will be at the center.

Ocean Battleground: Unconscious Plastics Industry Runs Amok

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

While the plastics industry can see the burgeoning marine pollution problem, it has no intention to stop or modify what it's doing, even insisting plastic production will increase.

The Challenge For China's Lungs

James Thornton | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
James Thornton

Senior Chinese officials say that they are proud of raising more people out of poverty than any country in history, but that they did not get the balance right, favoring development too much over environmental health.

Finally, A Climate Change Message That Just Might Work

Jonathan Mingle | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Jonathan Mingle

There are mixed but somewhat encouraging signs that China's leaders and India's Narendra Modi are awakening to the power of focusing on the immediate health benefits of clearing the skies, as well. All of which is cause for hope in this pivotal year for the global climate.

How Social Media Is Taking on the Environment in China

Xiong Lei | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Xiong Lei

BEIJING -- "Under the Dome" displays the growing power of social media in China today. It is not a production of any official filmmaking companies, whose products have traditionally dominated the Chinese TV and film screens. This dominance, however, has been challenged by the rising mobile internet and social media. With an exploding 730 million user accounts of mobile Internet in 2014, more and more Chinese individuals are putting up their self-made videos on entertaining portals like youku and iQiyi,

China's Under the Dome Doc Hits at Heart of Country's Pollution Problems: Pervasive Worry

Lara Farrar | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Lara Farrar

In a country so far away from Americans, or those in other Western countries, China's environmental problems seem big. And, they are. But the human cost is less tangible or even understood, which is why I am writing about my friend, the 26-year-old with a lump in her breast.

The Connection Between Air Pollution and Cell Phones You've Never Heard About

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

In the 21st century, "show me the bodies" seems like a cruel and outdated foundation for public policy. Yet history is littered with examples -- like tobacco and asbestos -- where only after the death toll mounts is the price of inaction finally understood to exceed that of action.

China's Air Pollution Solution

Terry Tamminen | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

If China seizes the opportunity to learn from the ports on the other side of their most valuable trade route, they can boost their economy, improve public health and help to solve the world's most pressing environmental issues all at once.

Matt Sheehan

7 Things You Can't Do In Beijing During World Leaders' Summit | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

BEIJING -- On Monday, President Barack Obama told world leaders gathered in Beijing that America was loosening visa restrictions for Chinese visitors....

The Air We Breathe

Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Certainly air, like water, must be free and available to everyone to breathe and drink freely, breath by breath, swallow by swallow, day by day, in the name of individual and world health and security. But that is not the case.

Coke Is Paying Expat Employees To Deal With Pollution

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

As a child, maybe you were asked on the playground how much money you would have to be paid to eat a bug or do something gross. Well, what if someone ...

'Smog Buried My Marriage'

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical island province to escape the capital's notori...

China To 'Declare War' On Pollution

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) - China will "declare war" on pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday at the start of the annual meeting of parli...

China's Airpocalypse: 'Breathing Together, Sharing the Fate'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

For decades, the Chinese leadership sacrificed the environment in order to achieve breakneck economic growth. Now, it will need to sacrifice its coal industry for the sake of both its people, and the very planet that we live on.

Smog Makes Chinese Capital 'Barely Suitable' For Life

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green

SHANGHAI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital "barely suitable" for living, according to an official Chinese...

Beijing Passes Law To Curb Air Pollution

ChinaFile | Luna Lin | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

By Luna Lin, a reporter in chinadialogue’s Beijing office. This article was first published by chinadialogue. China’s first legally binding reg...

China's Pollution Efforts Only A Fifth Of What's Needed

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green

BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) - China must increase spending on emission cuts and clean technologies by 2 trillion yuan ($330 billion) to do its fair sh...

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.

China: Our Smog Isn't All Bad

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green

Thick blankets of smog may have forced schools and airports to close across China, but that doesn't mean air pollution is all that bad -- right? Accor...

Is This The Answer To China's Choking Smog Problem?

Posted 12.05.2013 | Green

China may have a solution to its extensive air pollution problems. According to local media, the government is mulling over a plan to combat China...

Thick Smog Forces Chinese Schools To Close

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

SHANGHAI, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Hazardous air pollution forced schools to shut or suspend outdoor activities in at least two cities in eastern China, wh...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Thinks China Is Poised For A Green Revolution | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that China is where the U.S. was in the 1950s and '60s, namely, ...

Save The Sperm! China's Pollution Is Out To Get Them

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.07.2013 | World

With recent reports of schools closing due to smog, an 8-year-old diagnosed with lung cancer and an ever-darkening sky throughout its most polluted ar...

China's Airpocalypse Didn't Kill Me, It Only Killed My Spirit

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Mary X. Dennis, OnEarthThere is a moment, as your plane makes its decent into Beijing on a particularly smoggy day, that your heart sinks. As you d...