Appetite for Bamboo Is Damaging Forests

Bamboo is often marketed as a green wonder material, but its cultivation can be seriously destructive to local ecosystems. Sean Gallagher reports for the Pulitzer Center on surging bamboo production in Sichuan and its...

China’s Environmental Report Card

The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts assesses China’s recent environmental performance following the publication of the government’s annual “State of the Environment” report. He gives grades in areas from...

Fire Threatens Xishuangbanna Rainforest Project

A pioneering biodiversity project in southern China is under threat from forest fire, with flames leaping as high as 30 metres. From The Guardian: The project – which was launched about five years ago by the German biologist...

Yangtze Dam Threatens Fish Sanctuary

A freshwater reserve on the Yangtze, established to mitigate the impact of the Three Gorges dam, has come under threat, with potentially serious consequences for the country’s biodiversity and food security. From The...

China’s Biodiversity Takes A Beating – Dinah Gardner

Notwithstanding its protection of charismatic megafauna (i.e., big charming animals like the panda), China has done a terrible job preserving biodiversity. With the Chinese River Dolphin (ÁôΩȱÄ˱ö ) now functionally extinct, Asia Times comes through with an informative summary of the country’s failure to protect animal life within its borders: China has one of the […]

Conserving China’s plant riches – Alex Kirby

From ChinaDialogue: Scientists think there are around 320,000 different plant species on Earth – and China is home to around 10% of them. It is a treasure-house of biodiversity, yet it is growing and industrialising at breakneck speed. The pressure on China’s plant life is intense, as agriculture and industry demand ever more land. More […]



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