As China's toxic air pollution once again surges off the charts, China's highest court is taking action. On Jan. 6 the Supreme People's Court issued an authoritative "Interpretation" that provides clarification and needed details to China's new public-interest environmental litigation system. These new rules appear to be designed to make it easier for Chinese NGOs to sue polluters.
It is true that environmental pollution and food safety have become serious problems in China. China is now the second-largest economy in the world and its military power is also growing, but a list of worrisome issues is also getting longer, such as corruption cases, a widening gap between the rich and the poor and the much-to-be-desired national quality, with environmental pollution staying on the top of the list.