Environmental Activist Wu Dengming Dies

Founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League, Wu Dengming, who in his retirement organized no car days, tracked down pollution offenders, and risked his safety to film illegal logging in Sichuan forests, died at 73, according...

Dams & Deforestation: Yunnan’s Water Woes

At The New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports environmentalists’ frustration with the decision to resume damming on southwest China’s Nu River. The new dams are expected to displace as many as 60,000 people locally,...

Will Forks Conquer Chopsticks in China?

After a National People’s Congress member and timber executive bemoaned the strain placed on China’s environment by the use of disposable chopsticks, a fresh round of debate has emerged over whether China should wean...

The Uncertain Return of Beijing Wildlife

The sky above Beijing is best known for characteristics other than its bird life. Nevertheless, the city’s birds appear to have multiplied over the past ten years thanks to new habitats offered by reforestation to combat...

Mud Buries a County Devoid of Trees and Plans

An article in Caixin looks at the role deforestation 50 years ago played in the recent devastating mudslide in Zhouqu, Gansu: Many scholars and local officials think deforestation and other manmade conditions played a...

More Missing in New China Landslide

Another deadly landslide, this one in Yunnan. From Al Jazeera: At least 67 people have been reported missing after new mudslides hit a town in southwest China, adding to the thousands already killed or missing in floods and...

China’s Fight Against Disposable Chopsticks

The Los Angeles Times finds the link between disposable chopsticks and China’s deadly landslides: With summer floods devastating southern, western and northeastern China, a massive oil spill smothering the Yellow Sea off...

China Sandstorm Leaves Beijing Shrouded in Orange Dust

BBC reports on the massive sandstorm that blanketed Beijing today: By Saturday, the storm had spread over an area of 810,000 sq km (313,000 sq miles) with a population of 250 million, state news agency Xinhua reported. It was...

Forests’ Recovery Will Take Decades

Many have seen the once-in-50-years magnitude of this year’s snowstorms that hit central and south China, yet the consequences have yet to be felt in the years, even decades, ahead, according to China Daily: The freezing...

Green Cost of Sleet: $8b of Forest Wealth

Yes, China lost a lot of tons of vegetables and crops in the wake of mega snowstorms. Also gone are slowly recovered forests, says China Daily: About 18.6 million hectares of forests were destroyed or damaged – it is equal...

China’s “Green Deserts” – Gaoming Jiang

From China Dialogue: China’s tree-planting movement continues down a worrying path. The planting of artificial, single-species forests has not abated in China; in fact, it has worsened. The country’s original distribution of trees: fir trees in the south, poplars in the north, has made way for poplars everywhere – north, south, east and west. There […]

US, China Cooperate to Stop Illegal Logging – AFP

As part of the Strategic Economic Dialogue, the U.S. and China have reached an agreement on illegal logging and associated trade practices, according to AFP: The deal provides for steps that will “help conserve forests and their wildlife and reduce deforestation — a major factor in the global effort to address climate change,” the statement […]



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