At the halfway point of the COP27 international climate-change summit, there are encouraging signs that China and the U.S. may put aside geopolitical tensions in order to collectively stave off existential catastrophe for the...
May 27, 2014
Jennifer Duggan at The Guardian reports that the Chinese government has announced plans to take up...
Jan 20, 2014
A new study investigates the environmental impact of outsourced manufacturing both in China and in...
Apr 10, 2012
Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...
Mar 7, 2012
China has long been known for its exports as Chinese goods and labor are spread throughout the world. Now, another Chinese export is making headlines, as air pollutants from East Asia are found at the ground-level in the Western...
Feb 17, 2012
The New York Times brings us a rare piece of good news related to China’s environmental situation: A storm of yellow dust darkens the skies above Beijing, an increasingly familiar phenomenon blamed on the disappearance of...
Oct 29, 2010
In the Guardian, Damian Carrington describes Chinese companies’ gaming of the EU Emission Trading Scheme, and European proposals to combat it: The use of carbon permits from industrial gas projects in China could be banned...
Nov 14, 2008
An new report from the United Nations Environment Programme gives an alarming picture of the effects of air pollution in China and South Asia. In China alone, air pollution has caused $82 billion in economic losses, the report...
Mar 3, 2008
Dust storms, carrying toxic pollutants from Chinese factories, are closing down schools and severely impacting air quality in South Korea and Japan. But information on the storms has been deemed a “state secret” by...
Oct 7, 2007
Beijing will order cutbacks in industry and auto emissions for the Olympic Games, and the effects may be measurable worldwide. From LA Times: By now, most of us are keenly aware that emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels are causing our planet to heat up, altering our climate and putting the survival of […]
Sep 10, 2007
Climate change has caused melting glaciers, fewer polar bears and disappearing pure arctic air. From Reuters: From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, […]
Jul 23, 2007
An article from Inside Bay Area shows China as a super-polluter whose soot, mercury, and dust are migrating “6,000 miles across the Pacific to California” and questions its ability to stave off an environmental disaster amidst rapid industrialization. BEIJING ” A pale orange sun hangs low over the evening rush-hour, a brake-light procession of Mercedes, […]
Feb 12, 2007
Foreign Policy in Focus has a report on the global effects of China’s severe air and water pollution, which is now traveling as far as the west coast of the U.S.: Information on Chinese emissions is sketchy since the government has not publicly disclosed CO2 or mercury emissions data since 2001. The most commonly cited […]
Feb 6, 2007
From spiegel.de: Can the environment withstand China’s growing economic might? As one of the planet’s worst polluters, Beijing’s ecological sins are creating problems on a global scale. Many countries are now feeling the consequences. The cloud of dirt was hard to make out from the ground, but at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,808 feet), […]
Aug 15, 2006
From Asia Times: When toxic-chemical spills in its rivers threaten the water supply in neighboring countries, China’s lax environmental record becomes a serious regional issue. However, when researchers in California report that on a given day 25% of the pollution littering the skies above Los Angeles has wafted over from China, the country’s battle to […]
Jul 30, 2006
From AP via China Environmental News Digest: On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms […]
Jun 10, 2006
From the New York Times: One of China’s lesser-known exports is a dangerous brew of soot, toxic chemicals and climate-changing gases from the smokestacks of coal-burning power plants. In early April, a dense cloud of pollutants over Northern China sailed to nearby Seoul, sweeping along dust and desert sand before wafting across the Pacific. An […]
Jun 9, 2006
From Xinhua News Agency via China Net: Pollution still threatens the ecology of the South China Sea despite progress made by a program aimed at curbing environmental damage a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) official has warned. Greater international cooperation was required to prevent over fishing, land and marine pollution and environmental damage, said UNEP […]
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